Gastronomer Shelly Fireman said he was “scared” [bleep]less ”of Shootings in Times Square that landed on page one of the Post – but not enough to stop him from reopening Bond 45, his Italian restaurant on West 46th Street, which has been closed since March 2020.
The darling of theater-goers, tourists, and jumbo-sized showbiz bolders reopened its doors last week while other great Times Square restaurants like Sardi’s, Carmine’s, Barbetta, and Virgil’s BBQ remain dark.
“The world is not going to end anytime soon,” said firefighter of the youngest Increase in crime. There have been no incidents near Bond 45 since a ricochet ball injured a tourist outside the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Sunday, he said.
Fireman said three factors drove him to reopen the nearly 300-seat two-story trattoria at the Edison Hotel. The Art Deco-themed venue features spacious leather booths, dark wood paneling, colorful murals, and a racy, nude portrait of a woman sculpted by Fireman himself.
“The hotel asked us to,” he said. “We have PPP money that we need to spend. And the streets are crowded again even before Broadway returns in September, ”he said.
Although office worker still have to return in large numbers and most theaters Will not reopen until September, Times Square’s pedestrian traffic rebounded from 33,000 daily visitors in April 2020 to more than 140,000 last month and even higher on weekends.
“We were obliged to give our chance,” said Fireman, borrowing a line from the great show stop number from “Hamilton,” which downplayed Bond 45’s block.
Bond 45 bowed to his new location on West 46th Street in the fall of 2018, four years after his former landlord on West 45th Street failed to renew his lease. It quickly attracted actors, musicians and producers from “Hamilton” at the Richard Rodgers Theater and from two other shows on the block.
The restaurant hosted bashes for “Hamilton”, “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Kinky Boots”. Late night drop-ins included opera greats Renee Fleming, Barry Manilow, Jimmy Buffett and Vanessa Williams.
Times Square Alliance President Tom Harris welcomed the reopening. “The opening of the iconic Bond 45 in the heart of Times Square brings us one step closer to the city’s recovery,” he said.