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