Donohue’s Steak House, one of New York City’s quirkier, old-timey establishments, has just signed a new 10-year lease, escaping the all-too-common fate of having to close following a rent hike. And, in a double good-news whammy, owner Maureen Donohue-Peters — granddaughter of founder Martin Donohue — will open a Donohue’s West at 174 West 72nd Street this fall.
The Post reports that Donohue-Peters very nearly had to shut down the 67-year-old business this week, but that she and the landlord came to a last-minute agreement after a year of negotiations. Eventually Donohue-Peters brought in a lawyer to help come to the terms of $22,000 a month, which is a “modest” increase.
After many years serving turkey platters, classic burgers, and — yes — steak, Donohue’s has turned itself into a NYC institution, where no entree tops $29, neighborhood folk still gather, and Bernie Madoff once held court. This is the restaurant with such devoted regulars that one left $50,000 each to Donohue-Peters and waitress Maureen Barrie when he died in 2015.
Donohue’s will still be around for a while, and so will the West location this fall, since that building is family-owned. Stay tuned for more details on that.