More than two years after restaurants inside New York were first closed, restaurants and bars continue to close. More than 1,000 have closed since March 2020 due to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the difficulty of tracking restaurant and bar closures, experts say that number could be even higher and will likely take months or even years to assess.
Below, Eater documents the city’s permanent restaurant closures, including scraped cheese spot Raclette and pop-up incubator KIT. If a restaurant or bar has closed in your neighborhood, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. This post will be updated regularly.
Crown heights: After eight years of activity, underground cheese cellar Crown Finishing Caves called it quitting at the end of last month. Over the years, the underground cheese aging facility has supplied cheese to some of the city’s top restaurants and cheese shops. An announcement signaling the cave’s closure did not state the reason for the closure.
East Village: Raclette, named after the grated, melting cheese dish popular in Switzerland and other Alpine countries, closed this week after seven years of operation. Raclette owner Edgar Villongco confirmed the closure to Eater via text message, but declined to provide a reason for the closure.
Perspective heights: KIT, a pop-up incubator that supported gay-owned businesses, closed last month after a year of operation. KIT – an acronym for Keep In Touch – was run by Libby Willis, who was co-owner of the space’s former establishment, the beloved MeMe’s Diner. Earlier in June, Willis told Eater that the reason she closed the space was both personal and financial: “I really wanted to try something new and different with KIT. I wanted to try to find a way to make a living in the food industry and under capitalism. But, with a very small team and even smaller resources, it was really difficult.
West-Village: One of New York’s best burger smash spots, Best burger, is no more, co-owner Billy Barlow tells Eater. According to a company Instagram post in March, it appears the Little West 12th Street spot has turned into a comfort food joint with frozen drinks called BB’s; however, Barlow tells Eater that the Best Burger team is not involved in the new venture.