Henry’s, a local favorite for two decades, is closing its doors, owner Henry Rinehart announced on Sunday. The restaurant on Broadway between 105th and 106th, opened in 1999 and serves American bistro food. It has been a gathering place for people from throughout the neighborhood.
Rinehart said in a message to customers that he’s closing because of “changes in my personal and professional priorities.” He’s selling his interest in the restaurant to his business partner Scott Snyder, who was the chef at Henry’s for eight years. Snyder plans to open a restaurant called Boulevard Seafood Company, which has another location in Somerville, NJ. The menu for that location is here. Boulevard is set to open before Thanksgiving, though the exact date hasn’t been set.
Herny’s will hold farewell events in the coming days, and plans to announce those soon. “HENRY’s guests are the most wonderful gathering of human beings that I can imagine,” Rinerhart wrote.
“I’m bummed about Henry’s closing,” wrote Sally Koslow, a frequent customer, in an email. “Such a special restaurant. Not just good food, but an atmosphere sufficiently quiet, so you can actually have a conversation. Lots of round tables, not too close together. I look forward to the fish restaurant that will be replacing it, but will miss Henry’s.”