The infamous Stardust Diner located in the center of Manhattan's Theater District, may have to close for good due to the impact of coronavirus, according to NBC New York.
With a line usually wrapped around the block, Ellen's Stardust Diner has been a popular tourist spot on 51st and Broadway since 1987. However, a notice was posted on the diner's door saying that it owes more than $618,000 in back rent to the landlord. "The paper said if the rent isn't paid by Aug. 7, Stardust's owner will have to give up the diner."
The wait staff at this theater loving spot delivers customers their meals with music and performance. However, the staff of the diner haven't been working there for four months since the COVID-19 pandemic took over NYC. "It was just this growing sense of uncertainty and fear, really," server Vince Fazzolari described. Another worker said she hasn't heard from the diner in April. "We don’t want want to speculate on what that means. We hope it will come back as soon as possible," said server Kevin Ray.
NBC New York has reached out to the diner's owner for comment, but has yet to get a response.
In the meantime, the staff has started a relief fund for coworkers who are struggling financially. As of Tuesday night, the fundraiser has reached more than half of its $50,000 goal.