The Boat Basin Cafe is closed for the winter, but reports now say that the cafe is not coming back, given that the city plans to start soon on a construction project at the 79th Street rotunda where the restaurant sits.
Gothamist checked in with a former staff member who said the restaurant is gone, and its Facebook site and website have been deactivated. The phone number no longer appears to be hooked up.
The cafe posted a notice on its Facebook page saying goodbye before the page was taken down.
The Parks Department told Gothamist that the city’s agreement with the Boat Basin expires in April and the city will issue a new request for proposals for the space when construction on the rotunda is closer to being over. That could be four years from now, according to city officials who spoke at a meeting we reported on late last year.
The Boat Basin has been around since 1997, and is a staple of Riverside Park. Hopefully, a similar cafe will replace it.