With Broadway curtains still, two New York restaurants are keeping Broadway actors’ wallets closed, too.
Manhattan sister restaurants Bouillon Marseille and Nizza started a program last week offering free fine dining, for now, to Broadway actors who have been out of show work since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The theater district hot spots are calling it the “Eat Now and Pay Later (if they can)” program. The only requirements are that the performers are Actors’ Equity cardholders and that they dine at 9 p.m. or later, which is in line with the nighttime performers’ schedules. Actors will be allowed to pay off the debt at any pace they are able when Broadway resumes, no sooner than June 2021.
Hopefully, the thespians will be OK eating some of the best French food (Marseille) and Italian food (Nizza) Hell’s Kitchen has to offer. All they have to do is pay for their drinks and tip the waiters who are experiencing the same struggle during the pandemic.
“Your success has been our success,” Nizza posted on Instagram. “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.
“Our gratitude and respect for you and what you do is immense. We are hopeful this program will allow you to have some stress-free fun during these challenging times.”
Nice move Nizz and Marseille. May we suggest you take a bow for the gesture.