Bond 45 and Shelly Fireman are leading the charge for the comeback of Broadway’s restaurants and bars. He cut the ribbon at his W46th Street eatery at lunchtime today surrounded by a cast of Broadway’s finest — including Adrienne Warren (Tina in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) and Miguel Cervantes (Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton).
The Times Square and Theater District favorite had been shuttered for 15 month during the pandemic. Warren said: “I’m so happy to see your faces. We’ve all been through it. Bond 45 is a staple for the Broadway community and my family — my dad is obsessed with the lasagne!”
Fireman thanked all his friends in the community and recalled when he first came to Broadway at the age of 7. “I had a speech impediment, so they made me a tree,” he shared. Despite his early experience, he welcomed everyone today saying : “I’m so happy to be back. I love you all. Come eat!”
The bar and restaurant located in the Edison Hotel is starting by hosting Speakeasy — a burlesque show produced by Hell’s Kitchen local Holly-Anne Devlin.
Also, Joe Allen has confirmed a reopening date of Wednesday, August 18. “It’s been something, hasn’t it? An entire year living on the proverbial edge — an entire year consisting of uncertainty, heartbreak, and anxiety. We made it through the tough stuff, friends, and now it’s time to look to the future. New York is back. Broadway is back. Joe Allen is back,” management announced on Twitter. In February, owner Joe Allen died at the age of 87.
Their sister businesses, Orso and Bar Centrale, will open a little later in September. The business will have shorter hours and streamlined menus on reopening — but they stressed that it will be “the same ol’ Joe’s”.
Last week, we reported on the reopening of Frankie & Johnnie’s, their neighbors on Restaurant Row.
The Glass House Tavern on W47th Street (east of 8th Avenue) opens its doors again on Thursday, July 8. Theater Mania reports that there might be “a soft opening several days prior for friends and regulars.
Howie Ostrofsky confirmed that On the Rocks, the specialist whiskey bar on 10th Avenue between W48/49th Street will reopen on July 1. “We will be starting with a summer schedule, which means we will be closed on Sunday and Monday — but open Tuesday through Saturday,” he told us.
Casellula, the renowned cheese and wine bar on W52nd Street between 9/10th Avenue, is tentatively opening again with some pop-up events. Owner Brian Keyser said today: “Our current plan is to hold a couple of pop-ups and other special events throughout the summer and then open for real in early September, along with the theaters.” The first pop-up is this Tuesday, June 29. Casellula will be offering a Filipino Tasting Menu with cheeses in partnership with chef Charisse Ledres.