Another floating boat bar is joining the fleet in NYC. The people behind popular oyster bar on a boat Grand Banks now have a decommissioned FDNY fireboat called The Governor that they’ll be turning into a moving, floating restaurant next year. It’s not yet clear what the concept will be or where the boat will be docked, but the Grand Banks team’s prided itself on bringing in top culinary talent. Their current chef, Kerry Heffernan, opened Eleven Madison Park, and the head bartender Lauren Schell used to work at cocktail bar Milk and Honey.
The Governor was "saved from the scrap-heap" and will go into service next summer. She first debuted in 1961, and the fire department used her for more than 50 years, including during 9/11. They retired her in 2005. She’s named after New York Governor Al Smith, who was also a former Democratic presidential candidate and an avid opposer of the Prohibition. Unlike many boat restaurants, The Governor may be moving around the river to different locations.
People looking to take a glimpse of the future venue can spot it near Grand Banks, which is entering the end of the season with dollar oysters. The team will dock her near Hudson River Park's Pier 25 until the end of the month.