The COVID-19 pandemic undoubtedly affected artists and performers, but at least two restaurants in New York City are helping them out.
Sister restaurants Marseille and Nizza in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood have announced that they will allow Broadway actors to “eat now and pay later.”
“The team at Marseille & Nizza want to feed the community that has fed us all these years. Starting Monday October 12, Actors’ Equity card holders can ‘Eat Now, and Pay Later (if they can)’ every night from 9PM until close,” Nizza’s website reads.
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Robert Guarino, Marseille’s general manager, told WABC that they have “deep roots in this neighborhood.”
The team at New York's Marseille & Nizza want to feed the theatre community. Starting Monday October 12, members of any “Coalition of Broadway Union & Guilds” organization can "Eat Now, and Pay Later (if they can)".
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“We’ve been here since 2001 with Marseille. We opened up two months after 9/11. Nizza was October of 2007. So we’ve really been a part of, you know, kind of the rebirth of Hell’s Kitchen,” he said.
Due to the restaurants’ proximity to Broadway, they feel a strong connection to the theater industry.
“So often we were the appetizer for the main course of the evening, which was the performances,” Guarino said.
Guarino added that it’s very important to them that “Broadway comes back and that all the talented actors and talents stay here and are ready when it returns, and we’ll all be here together.”
“For the past 20 years, these restaurants have been the home of many actors & theatergoers pre and post performance. Your success has been our success. Now, as the industry has been decimated due to Covid-19, we want to make sure that the arts community stays well fed and well loved,” Nizza’s website added.
“We are hopeful this program will allow you to have some stress free [sic] fun during these challenging times.”