Oh, how we love when friends come to visit. It’s our chance to act like a tourist and see the sites through fresh eyes. At the top of our list ~ Ellen’s Stardust Diner, where the show never stops ~ until now.
Closed due to COVID-19, this popular institution owed over $600,000 in back rent, and if not paid by August 7th, the stardust will fall & the curtain will close for good. But today, we heard great news ~ Ellen’s Stardust Diner will reopen its doors on Thursday, October 1, 2020 ~ with outdoor dining!
“We are excited to open our doors again and welcome back New Yorkers and tourists to Times Square,” said Scott Barbarino, Artistic Director at Ellen’s Stardust Diner. “Stardust has been a New York City institution for more than 30 years and our hope is that everyone will still be able to enjoy a bit of Broadway with our singing wait staff in this interim before nearby theatres will be able to reopen as well.”
Ellen’s will be operating under a reduced capacity and will be implementing enhanced measures in accordance with guidance issued by federal, state and local authorities to ensure a safe, socially distant experience for all, with a “reservations only” policy through Yelp, six days a week from 11:30am to 9:30pm, with service expected to expand to include breakfast served during early morning hours once hotel occupancy increases in NYC. Additionally, the singing wait staff will be wearing face shields and will be significantly distanced from patrons while performing.
Come along inside during our visits over the years.
Famed Harlem Celeb Chef JJ Johnson opened his new Harlem restaurant, Field Trip in 2019, focusing on a “fast-casual grain concept’ with patrons choosing their own rice or barley bowls. Now, just two years later, Field Trip will open in two additional locations ~ Rockefeller Center on the concourse level in late November, 2020, and a spot at the U.S. Open site in Flushing Meadows, which is set to open one November 11, 2020 at the new Queens food hall JACX & Co.
Doughba Caranda-Martin in his new East Harlem Tea Shop
A November 2020 update ~ Serengeti Teas & Provisions has signed a lease for 3,800 square feet at the Union Crossing development in the Bronx. The retailer will take a lobby space at 825 East 141st Street in the Bronx. A little about Union Crossing.
A beautiful addition arrived on East 125th Street ~ Serengeti Teas & Spices has a vast selection of not only teas, but also coffee, cocoa, small bites, soups and sandwiches ~ and lovely gifts.