Upper East Side Turkish staple closes after two decades
After more than two decades in the neighborhood, the Upper East Side’s crowd favorite Turkish restaurant Beyoglu — at the corner of East 81st Street and Third Avenue — has permanently closed, Patch.com first reported.
A sign posted on the restaurant says the owners had taken a massive financial hit because of the shutdown on dining-in due to COVID-19, and that the owners were also unable to extend their lease on their current location. A state mandate prevents businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus from being evicted from their locations, but the letter did not say what discussions took place between the Beyoglu owners and their landlord. Eater has reached out for comment.
Known for its doner kebab, hummus, and traditional Turkish fare, Beyoglu was particularly popular during warmer months with its outdoor seating that stretched around the corner. Beyoglu now joins more than a dozen NYC restaurants that have permanently shuttered since the start of the pandemic.
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— New York restaurant fundraising group ROAR has launched an online cooking series with top NYC chefs like Win Son’s Trigg Brown, Taim’s Einat Admony, and Flora Bar’s Natasha Pickowicz to raise money for restaurant workers.
— Something we can all agree to:
the meals i cook at home, where i am like, “huh, pretty good!” if i were served that exact meal in a restaurant? i’d throw a brick through the window— Jen Statsky (@jenstatsky) May 10, 2020