New York City restaurants offer actors ‘eat now, pay later’ meals
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Artists and performers have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, but at least two New York City restaurants are taking action to help them out.
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Marseille and Nizza, sister restaurants in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, announced earlier this week that they will let Broadway actors “eat now and pay later.”
According to Nizza’s website, participants have to be Actors’ Equity cardholders and must set up a house account with the French (Marseille) and Italian (Nizza) restaurants.
The “eat now, pay later” program is available to participants every night starting at 9 p.m. until the restaurants close.
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“We have deep roots in this neighborhood,” Robert Guarino, Marseille’s general manager told WABC. “We’ve been here since 2001 with Marseille. We opened up two months after 9/11. Nizza was October of 2007. So we’ve really been a part of, you know, kind of the rebirth of Hell’s Kitchen.”
He added that the restaurants feel a strong connection to the theater industry because of how close they are to Broadway.
“So often we were the appetizer for the main course of the evening, which was the performances,” Guarino said.
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However, now that theaters are closed until at least May 30, Marseille and Nizza wanted to help actors out.