NYC Restaurants - Permanent Closings On The Rise
By: Eater Staff
Oct 2, 2020
Nearly 20 more restaurants closed in NYC, including breakfast hotspot Egg in Brooklyn and longstanding neighborhood diner Old John’s Luncheonette on the UWS
More than six months into the corona virus pandemic, restaurants across the city continue to close en masse. More than a 1,000 have closed since March due to the financial downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among them are neighborhood favorites like Uncle Boons and Maison Premiere, along with sites of teenage debauchery like FiDi’s China Chalet and the glitzy McDonald’s flagship store off of Times Square.
In all likelihood, though, this is only the beginning of permanent closures in New York, as loans from the Paycheck Protection Program run dry, rent payments continue to mount, and the return to indoor has started at 25 percent capacity. According to a September survey from the New York State Restaurant Association, as many as two-thirds of state’s restaurants could permanently close by the end of the year if they don’t receive additional government aid. Due to the difficulty of tracking restaurant and bar closings right now, experts say that number could be even higher, and will likely only continue to grow.
Legendary Italian spot Colandrea New Corner in Brooklyn, has permanently closed. The pandemic factored into the decision to shut down the 84-year-old restaurant, but further details about the reason behind the closure weren’t disclosed. The restaurant has been featured in several movies and T.V. shows in recent years, including Netflix’s The Irishman.