Gallagher’s Steakhouse, long a bastion of beef, bigwigs, and bon vivants, announced that it would close its doors on Jan. 16 after an 85-year run. The restaurant, which opened in 1927 as a Theatre District speakeasy beloved by Broadway stars and other well-to-do city dwellers, found a wider audience after the end of Prohibition. Now Eater reports that per an email from Gallagher’s’ owners, they are in negotiations with Dean Poll, owner of the Central Park Boathouse, to take over the floundering eatery. The chophouse is perhaps most well-known for its window display of red meat in various states of aging. Pedestrians get a mouthwatering peek into the meat lockers, and customers can get even more up close and personal with their dinners by choosing whichever steak speaks to them (in some cases, this just means you’ve had one too many cocktails).
Now that its future is in jeopardy, midtown carnivores have an opportunity to experience a venue stuck in time before it disappears as so many restaurants (especially in New York) do, succumbing to changing trends, rising rents, and whatever else moves this grand beast of a town.