Yesterday, Crain's reported that 85-year-old Gallagher's Steakhouse would close come January. The restaurant recently filed a Department of Labor notice warning its 92 employees that they would be laid off due to economic reasons. But according to an email from the Gallagher's team, the owners are actually in negotiations to sell the establishment to Dean Poll, the proprietor of Central Park Boat House.
An employee told the New York Times yesterday that "everybody has received letters" about the closing but that no details were given. According to the owners, precautions were taken because "in the event that these negotiations were to fall through, we are required by the Department of Labor to inform employees 90 days in advance of the restaurant's closing in January." So there you have it, Gallagher's is maybe, probably, not closing, and its employees are maybe, probably, pretty annoyed.
· 85-Year-Old Steakhouse Gallagher's to Shutter in January [~ENY~]
· Eatery Closing: Rare Steakhouse Is now Done [Crain's]
· Gallagher's Is Looking to Sell, Not Close [NYT]