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October 13th, 2020

 Hello Friends,

We’ve missed a few things over these past few months; gathering with friends, communing with family, and the extraordinary gratification of contributing to the vibrancy of our neighborhood and our community.
 
And after a long seven months, we’re dipping our toes back in the water.
 
On October 15th, Joe Allen will reopen with limited capacity and in-line with all State, Federal, and CDC guidelines. The health and safety of our patrons and staff is of paramount importance, and has been since our closure in March. 
 
We’ve been extraordinarily fortunate to work with a design firm, Rockwell Group, and the City of New York, in a pilot program specifically created to exemplify how restaurants can best adopt these new guidelines. Not all of these adaptations will be visible, but rest assured, they are in place. We’ve completed a thorough cleaning of our HVAC systems and have installed high grade air filters. We’ve redesigned table placement and traffic patterns to ensure social distancing is maintained. Plexiglass barriers have been mounted, small HEPA filters have been placed throughout the room, we’ve instituted QR menus, and our staff has been trained on how best to protect us all. Masks are this year’s must-have fashion accessory until you’ve reached your table. Many thanks to our new friends at Rockwell.
 
Here is a video tour of a few of the precautions we've instituted. We know, for some, it's a big step going out, and we want to put your mind at ease.
 
A few other notes...
 
Why not dine al fresco? Indoor seating will be limited to 25% of our normal capacity but we’ve added a few outdoor tables—this should be fun, as 46th Street is part of the City’s Open Streets Project and is closed to vehicular traffic. Our friends at Rockwell have designed a beautiful space.
 
We’re adding delivery and pickup. Beginning October 15th, you’ll be able to order online through our website or the ChowNow app. You’ll have to supply your own martini, though, we’re not allowed to deliver alcohol.
 
Reservations by phone, only. These first few weeks, we’re eschewing modern technology and going back to our roots. We’re opening our phone lines on October 15th and will be taking reservations for up to one week in advance, and only during our new business hours. The largest party we can accommodate inside is five. give us a call at 212.581.6464
 
Updated hours. Joe Allen will be open for dinner Tuesday-Friday from 5-10PM. Saturday & Sunday, 11:30AM-10PM. Closed on Mondays. We apologize for closing so early, but we want everyone to have the option of taking the subway safely home.
 
We, of course, are looking forward to opening Orso and Bar Centrale as well, but that timeline depends on the lessons we learn from opening Joe's. It also depends on demand. We’ve had an outpouring of support and well-wishes, and we’ll see quite a few friends on our opening night, but we want to emphasize; our reopening is not the finish line, it’s a starting point. We ask that you consider supporting the restaurant and our staff any way you feel comfortable—by dining in, by taking out, by ordering delivery, or by sharing this news or our social media posts. It’a a marathon, not a sprint.
 
Thank you for your years of loyal patronage, friends. We hope you’re well, we miss you, and we’ll see you soon.
 
All of us at Joe’s
 

 In May, 1965, Joe Allen opened the restaurant that bears his name.

That same year, the cast of the ill-fated show "Kelly" gave Joe a poster of their show. It ran one performance, and they thought it should hang, well, somewhere. Since then, it's become a Broadway tradition for those unlucky flops to adorn our walls. Everyone remembers the hits, but we revel in the flops.

"Chorus kids with bad knees" were the first people that braved midtown's far west side way back when. Opening a restaurant west of Eighth Avenue was a gamble, but the Broadway community embraced Joe Allen's restaurant with open arms. A hamburger cost 75¢, and the most expensive ticket to a Broadway show was $7.50. A lot has changed since then, but what hasn't changed is our commitment to provide a quality experience at a reasonable price.

Our menu changes daily, although certain favorites are always available, and while the service is informal, it does not sacrifice professionalism. If you're looking for dinner before the theater, after the theater, a quick drink, or a quiet business lunch, you simply can't make a better choice.

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