Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse will permanently close on Oct. 16, according to the New York Department of Labor’s office.
The restaurant, which is known for its lakeside view in the middle of Central Park for over 150 years, is closing “due to rising labor and costs of goods” and will cause 163 employees to lose their jobs, according to the notice.
The boathouse originally closed in October 2020 amid the pandemic, but reopened in March 2021, according to Facebook posts from the restaurant.
The city’s Department of Parks and Recreation isn’t involved in any negotiations for what will come next for the space.
“It is our intention to engage a future operator as soon as possible,” the parks department wrote in a statement. “We are working in good faith with the current operator in an effort to accommodate those individuals who have an event already scheduled at the Boathouse.”
The New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, the union representing the restaurant's workers, has not responded to request to comment.