Restaurant Week Makes a Comeback

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The Covid-19 pandemic devastated town’s hospitality trade final yr, however this summer time, New York City Restaurant Week has returned in full power.

More than 500 eating places throughout all 5 boroughs are collaborating on this yr’s program, led by NYC & Company, which is able to run for 5 weeks, not one, from this week till Aug. 22.

“It is so important to support the hard-hit dining industry as our city continues to recover, and this summer, NYC Restaurant Week provides five weeks of opportunity to do so,” Chris Heywood, government vice chairman of world communications for NYC & Company, mentioned in a assertion.

This yr’s program hopes to offer some much-needed reduction for town’s meals trade. According to Andrew Rigie, government director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, 65 p.c of town’s eating places that utilized for the federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund have been unable to get cash.

The trade is “cautiously optimistic, but also fearful and frustrated,” Mr. Rigie mentioned in an interview. “We can’t let the optics of some busy restaurants and bars distract from the reality that many are truly struggling and unsure of how they’ll recover if the federal government doesn’t replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.”

[Read about how some independent restaurant workers are unionizing as their cities reopen.]

The pandemic losses

The City reported that hundreds of recent restaurant jobs have been created in current months. When outside eating started in June final yr, Mr. Rigie mentioned, about 100,000 folks have been employed again.

But based on Mr. Rigie, as of June this yr, town’s eating places and bars are nonetheless greater than 120,000 jobs in need of prepandemic employment ranges. And not all of them are at 100 p.c capability, he mentioned, with many working with restricted workers or shorter hours.

A program to revive the trade

Each collaborating restaurant will supply particular lunch and dinner menus for $21 or $39, and a few higher-end locations will supply three or extra programs for $125. You can try the complete record of collaborating eating places and their particular menus right here.

Despite lingering worries, Mr. Rigie mentioned, collaborating restaurant house owners are keen to herald new prospects and inspire New Yorkers to assist their native companies.

“There’s not one policy or promotion that’s going to restore the restaurant industry,” Mr. Rigie mentioned. “It’s going to be a combination of policies, and Restaurant Week is one program to help.”

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As N.Y.C. begins its post-pandemic life, we discover Covid’s long-lasting impression on town.

The Economy: New York’s prosperity is closely depending on patterns of labor and journey that will have been irreversibly altered.The Epicenter: The neighborhoods in Queens the place Covid hit the toughest are buzzing once more with exercise. But restoration feels far-off.Dive Deeper: See all our tales in regards to the reopening of N.Y.C.

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What we’re studying

An 18-year-old flying a aircraft that was pulling a banner made an emergency touchdown in the midst of a busy Jersey Shore bridge. [NBC New York]

Two brothers from Long Island have been recognized as victims within the lethal Florida apartment collapse. [New York Post]

Eric Adams mentioned he could break up his time between Gracie Mansion and Brooklyn if he’s elected mayor. [Gothamist]

And lastly: The Cherry Lane Theater sells for $11 million

The Times’ Sarah Bahr experiences:

The Cherry Lane Theater, the oldest repeatedly working Off Broadway theater in New York City, has been offered to the Lucille Lortel Theater Foundation for $11 million, the theater introduced on Monday.

“It has been a great run,” Angelina Fiordellisi, the manager director of the theater, mentioned in a assertion. “To stand on the stage where so many of our greatest artists, crews and theater providers have stood is to know what theater history feels like.”

The Lucille Lortel Theater Foundation, which is a few blocks from the Cherry Lane Theater on Christopher Street, has managed the constructing for the previous decade. The sale contains the 179-seat principal stage and a 60-seat studio theater.

Fiordellisi, who has led the 97-year-old nonprofit Cherry Lane Theater since buying the constructing in 1996, will proceed to steer the nonprofit producing group Cherry Lane Alternative, which may have readings — and presumably productions — within the theater’s studio house.

She had beforehand introduced plans to promote the constructing, at 38 Commerce Street, in 2010, citing monetary struggles. At the time, she advised The New York Times that the theater was working at a deficit of $250,000, which she attributed to a steep drop in earnings from authorities and basis assist, ticket gross sales and rental charges.

But eight months later, she reversed her choice due to a considerably lowered deficit, a new managing agent and the assist of the theater’s neighbors. Cherry Lane Alternative, the resident theater firm Fiordellisi established in 1997, at present has a deficit of $100,000, a spokesman for the theater, Sam Rudy, mentioned.

The Cherry Lane, a Greenwich Village establishment that has lengthy been a testing floor for brand spanking new work by rising artists, reopened at full capability final month with Jacqueline Novak’s “Get on Your Knees,” a comedy that gives a private and mental historical past of oral intercourse. It is scheduled to run by way of July 31.

It’s Tuesday — take a bow.

Metropolitan Diary: Quick lower

Dear Diary:

I used to be at a barbershop in Midtown. It had a signal on the door that mentioned it did “express” haircuts.

An older man entered, described how he needed his hair lower and instantly fell asleep within the chair.

Fifteen minutes later, the sound of the hair dryer woke him up.

“That was fast indeed,” he mentioned.

— Sergii Pershyn

Illustrated by Agnes Lee. Read extra Metropolitan Diary right here.

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