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In a sign that New York is coming back, the “after the show” favorite eatery, Joe Allen, is reopening on Restaurant Row this evening.
General Manager Mary Hattman took a New York minute to send a quick video message and tour us around the new outside dining, which has been designed by David Rockwell.
The late-night favorite has been shuttered for the past seven months while there have been no Broadway shows. With the stages remaining dark until June 2021, the team at Joe Allen decided to give it a go.
“Joe Allen has to survive. It’s too important a landmark.” actor Nathan Lane told the New York Post this week.
The restaurant was opened in 1965 by Joe Allen, who still keeps an apartment above the store, but has been spending the pandemic out of state.
“Everybody wants to come for the first night,” said Hattman, but seeing the Grand Central Oyster Bar close 12 days after reopening, added. “We don’t know what that’s going to turn into. Will people be back the following week?”
When the light go back on tonight you will be able to go view the restaurant’s fabled wall of flops, an homage to the Broadway shows that never made a buck. Book a table and make sure we keep the Joe Allen show off that wall!