An email from a manager to patrons reveals that the restaurant and tavern portion of landmarked tourist attraction Fraunces Tavern, a reconstruction of a vital and historic building, will close on Saturday. The restaurant space has been in business for just ten years under the current management (it was run by a different entity before them) and is mainly there to feed museum goers, host colonial weddings and themed dinners, and serve a weirdly large happy hour crowd in FiDi.
Reps at the restaurant, who blame poor business for the shutter, say they're unsure of whether or not a new establishment will move in. And while it's understandably hard to keep a colonial themed restaurant in the Financial District in the black, it would be a shame to deprive the downtown visitors of a chance to sup where George Washington enjoyed a turtle feast after the British evacuated New York. A shame.
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