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Artists and performers have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, but at least two New York restaurants are taking steps to help them.
Marseille and Nice, sister restaurants in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, announced earlier this week that they would be making Broadway actors “eat now and pay later”.
According to the Nice website, participants must have an Actors’ Equity card and have a home account at French (Marseille) and Italian (Nice) restaurants.
The program “Eat now, pay later” is available to participants every evening from 9 p.m. until the restaurants close.
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“We have deep roots in this neighborhood,” Robert Guarino, general manager of Marseille, told WABC. “We have been here with Marseille since 2001. We opened two months after September 11th. Nice was in October 2007, so we were really part of the rebirth of Hell’s Kitchen. “
He added that the restaurants have a strong connection with the theater industry due to their proximity to Broadway.
“So many times we were the starter for the main course of the evening that the performances were,” said Guarino.
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However, with the theaters closed until at least May 30th, Marseille and Nice wanted to help the actors.
Two restaurants in New York City offer Actors’ Equity cardholders’ pay now, eat later ‘meals. (iStock)
“It is very important to us that Broadway comes back and that all talented actors and talents stay here and be ready when it comes back and we will all be here together,” said Guarino.
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Marseille and Nice reported on the program on social media earlier this week.
“For the past 20 years these restaurants have been home to many actors and theatergoers both before and after the performance,” read a contribution from the restaurants. “Your success was our success. Now that the industry has been decimated due to Covid-19, we want to make sure the art scene remains well fed and loved. “
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“The restaurants keep a house account for every Equity member who dines after 9:00 pm any day of the week,” the post continued. “When the theater returns to New York and the actors start working again, the amount owed can be paid back as slowly or as quickly as possible, if at all. Our gratitude and respect for you and your work are immense. We hope you have hassle free fun with this program during these challenging times. “
Actors wishing to attend are advised to make a reservation in advance and let restaurants know that they are Equity members when making the reservation.
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