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Save the date! The Grand Central Oyster Bar is finally reopening at Grand Central Terminal after a COVID-19 shutdown. The landmark railroad restaurant will start service again on Tuesday, September 7.
The historic seafood eatery struggled during the pandemic, when what’s usually one of the busiest transit hubs in the world emptied of commuters.
Back in the fall of 2020 the restaurant briefly reopened, but despite lines on their opening day, it closed again after just 12 days. At the time, they said: “Dear friends, it has been 7 challenging months since we last saw many of you at the Grand Central Oyster Bar. As we re-opened on September 30th, we relished the opportunity to be of service again, and fill your hearts, and ours, with joy and do what we do best; offer an amazing experience to our beloved New Yorkers and to our friends from all over the world. Today, however, we must, temporarily, close again due to the lack of traffic and business.”
They promised customers that they would “come back stronger and with an even bigger desire to serve you.”
The restaurant usually depends on business from workers commuting and tourists drawn to its 108-year-old New York history. The eatery’s architecture features vaulted Guastavino tiled ceilings and the archway in front of the restaurant is famous as a whispering gallery.
The Oyster Bar will have shorter opening times to start — Monday to Friday from 11am to 7:30pm. It will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.