While outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery, can remain, several neighborhood bars and restaurants decided to temporarily close down anyway ... including those places that have ample space for outdoor seating, such as Esperanto on Avenue C at Ninth Street (thanks to Eden for the photo!)... which reopened on Sept. 30, had been operating at the limited 25-percent indoor capacity ... and needed to close as they're without any outdoor space for patrons.
Here's an in-progress look at who has shut down for now (several of these had been noted previously) ... several other restaurateurs were still mulling over their decisions...
• Boulton & Watt, Avenue A
• The Copper Still, Second Avenue
• Esperanto, Avenue C
• The Gray Mare, Second Avenue
• The Jones, Great Jones
• Josie's, Sixth Street
• Lucien, First Avenue
• Mona's, Avenue B
• Otto's Shrunken Head, 14th Street
• Penny Farthing, Third Avenue
• Phebe's, the Bowery
• Sophie's, Fifth Street (pictured at top yesterday)
• Sláinte Bar and Lounge, the Bowery
• Van Da, Fourth Street
• Virginia's, 11th Street
Data that Gov. Cuomo released on Friday showed that restaurants and bars in the state accounted for just 1.4 percent of cases over the last three months while 73.84 percent of exposures were blamed on indoor household gatherings.
As multiple articles have pointed out, many restaurants were already struggling to rebuild their operations after losses sustained from the shutdown of dining during the PAUSE this past March.
--Updated 9:30 a.m.--
The Department of Sanitation has issued a Snow Alert for tomorrow starting at 2 p.m., which cancels all outdoor dining for the duration of the snow alert.
The restaurant industry expects more permanent closures if Gov. Cuomo decides to put into place a full shutdown again, which would also ban outdoor dining. (This after restaurant owners had to spend thousands to make their curbside setups compliant with ever-changing city guidelines.)
Still, despite the end of indoor dining for now, many local bars and restaurants vowed to carry on ...