NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Allen, whose Instances Sq.-adjacent bistro which bears his identify has been a decadeslong draw for theater folks and the place a post-show drink is a part of the Broadway expertise, has died. He was 87.
Allen died Sunday in Hampton, New Hampshire, in response to Jason Woodruff, a former staffer for the Allen household of eating places who spoke to the household.
The Joe Allen restaurant had pink brick partitions, sturdy wooden tables and chairs, a big bar and was adorned with posters from Broadway’s most infamous flops. Regulars included Stephen Sondheim, Chita Rivera, John Guare and Elaine Stritch. Guests may additionally see Elisabeth Moss there, sipping a vodka ginger ale.
“Robust, regular, comforting and dependable,” mentioned Rivera on Twitter. “He definitely might be missed however we’ll carry him with us ceaselessly.” Playwright Paul Rudnick famous that Allen “created a house for the theater neighborhood, the place everybody hangs out, gossips and commiserates. He’ll be missed, however his legacy lives on, together with the wall of posters from flop reveals.”
Allen opened Joe Allen on 326 W. forty sixth St., in 1965, at a time when opening a restaurant west of Eighth Avenue in Manhattan was a dangerous proposition, lengthy earlier than it turned know as Restaurant Row. Allen himself was not overly gregarious like many restauranteurs, however coolly environment friendly and heat to buddies. Lots of the servers at Joe Allen have been actors incomes paychecks when not onstage.