Another classic NYC restaurant has closed down due to COVID-19, as least for the next six months…or for good.
The Loeb Boathouse, which opened in the 1950s and became a go-to dining destination within the park (plus a prime location for movie scenes like in When Harry Met Sally and The Manchurian Candidate), has closed down for the foreseeable future.
The space was mostly made up of indoor dining, which, although that can now open at 25% capacity, it appears that’s not enough to sustain it.
The City reported the news, which they received from union officials representing workers. While furloughed since March, 163 workers have now been permanently laid off.
Apparently one worker at the restaurant said that the owner, restauranteur Dean Poll, said he hoped to reopen the restaurant in April. Still, only time will tell. The restaurant was a very large space, and was dependant on high numbers of New Yorkers and tourists moving through the park.
The boathouse itself has a rich history, dating as far back as the 1860s, but the structure we know today officially opened in 1954 and is name for the investment banker and philanthropist Carl M. Loeb and his wife Adeline who donated $305,000 to help create it. Besides just the landmark restaurant, you could also rent rowboats or take a gondola ride around Central’s Park beautiful lake (an activity that is still closed due to COVID-19).
featured image source: Facebook / The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park