Here's part of their message on Instagram:
Due to the restrictions in New York City regarding hospitality and with the growing number of positive Covid-19 cases Phebe’s has made the tough decision to temporarily close our doors. We will miss you all, and keep you posted about reopening dates.
Have a happy and safe holiday! We will see you soon.
Given the holiday wishes, it's likely that Phebe's won't be open again until some time after the New Year.
Phebe's reopened in June for outdoor dining, with ample space on both the Fourth Street and Bowery sides of the business (though of late there has been some underground work going on right out front) ... and then the 25-percent indoor seating once that was OK'd in late September.
A Phebe's has been here since 1968. The bar-restaurant is now owned by the same group behind Linen Hall and the Penny Farthing on Third Avenue.
Several other restaurants have decided to preemptively suspend service before any possible new PAUSE order coming from Gov. Cuomo. A few weeks back, some of the restaurants in Danny Meyer Union Square Hospitality Group closed for indoor and outdoor dining.
Photo from May via Instagram.