Sardi’s is back after 648 days, his fortune tied on Broadway
At the start of the pandemic, Mr. Klimavicius, like many, had doubts – the theater was dark, Midtown was dead, everything seemed uncertain. But last June, backed by $ 4.5 million from the federal government’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund, it began renovating the space – redoing the kitchen, gas lines, ventilation, and wiring, among other things. – in the hope of modernizing it so that no one would notice it. People who love Sardi’s are, to say the least, opposed to change.
“I was worried when I heard ‘renovation’,” said Andrea Ezagui, a Sardi regular from Long Island, who showed up at 4pm – the time it reopens – and immediately went to the. upstairs bar, where she celebrated with champagne and friends. . “They kept it as it should be,” she said, “a little slice of heaven on Broadway.”
The restaurant’s famous cartoons popped off their picture ledges for catering – all but one, that is. Barbra Streisand has the only cartoon screwed to the wall, as fans stole the original; so now she remains, irremovable, with her warning “Don’t steal this one” written above her signature.
One recent afternoon, Mr. Klimavicius and his team set out to put together the hundreds of cartoons, starting with that of Lin-Manuel Miranda, “a good friend of the house”.
As he settled into his estate on the second floor, Mr. Petrsoric, the bartender, was clearly relieved to return to work, having spent too many months in Mamaroneck, NY, riding a stationary bike and, on his own. chief, to go crazy. “What am I going to do at home?” ” he said. “I like people. And think about 50 years behind the bar. Do you know how many people I know?
He started by mixing a Belvedere martini, a cosmopolitan and a lemon candy. “It’s incredible,” he marvels. “But you know, it takes me an hour, and you’re back to normal.”