December 5, 2020

Central Park Boathouse Closes, Laying Off 163 Workers

CENTRAL PARK, NY — City parks may be enjoying a renaissance during the pandemic, but the eateries within those parks are still facing tough times. Case in point: the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, whose iconic restaurant is reportedly closing for the foreseeable future.

A notice filed with the state on Sept. 23 by owner Dean Poll stated that the business, which has been shuttered since March 16, will remain closed, forcing the permanent layoffs of 163 employees at the lakeside restaurant.

Poll hopes to reopen the restaurant by next April, according to THE CITY, which first reported on the closure. Currently, the business is suffering from a steep drop-off in park-goers, including tourists, who made up a sizable portion of its customer base, according to THE CITY.

The Loeb Boathouse first opened in 1954, named in honor of the investment banker Carl M. Loeb and his wife Adeline, who helped fund its construction. The restaurant, which bills itself as the only lakeside event space in Manhattan, has been a popular venue for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, and been featured in numerous films.

The pandemic’s crushing impact on New York City’s restaurants has been well-documented — according to one recent study, 83 percent of eateries in the city were unable to pay their full August rent.

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