Cafe Edison Patrons Will Lunch To Rally Support Nov. 8

News   Cafe Edison Patrons Will Lunch To Rally Support Nov. 8
 
The Café Edison, a midtown Manhattan staple for theatregoers and Broadway crowds, is scheduled to close at the end of December – but Nov, 8 at 12:00 PM, patrons old and new, including much of the theater industry, will collectively gather for lunch to show their support of the landmark.

According to press releases, "Patrons will bring signs with messages of support, connect with other fans of the Café and concerned New Yorkers, Tweet and Instagram using the hashtag #SaveCafeEdison, and enjoy the institution’s celebrated matzo ball soup and blintzes."

The #SaveCafeEdison hashtag has already been put to much use by Broadway and industry professionals since the closing announcement. 

The Café Edison is located at 228 W. 47th Street (between Broadway and 7th Avenue). Joining the "Lunch Mob" is open to all; for specific information visit the Facebook event page.  

According to the New York Times, the cafe will be replaced by a white-tablecloth restaurant with "a name chef," Strohl said. The manager also told his staff of 32 that they will be out of work.

The Cafe Edison, also known as the Polish Tea Room, has been located in the Edison Hotel since 1980. A petition has been created to save the Cafe Edison.  Playwright August Wilson wrote notes for three of his scripts on Cafe Edison napkins, and Neil Simon's 2001 comedy 45 Seconds From Broadway was inspired by the restaurant. In 45 Seconds, the roles of Zelda and Bernie are based on the real-life owners of the Edison Cafe, Frances Edelstein and the late Harry Edelstein.

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