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Marchi's in New York City Closed After 90 Years

Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:56 pm
by ArchGuy1
The family owned Italian restaurant, Marchi's in New York City closed a few weeks ago after 90 years in operation. The restaurant had no menu and served the same meals every time for dinner, which was $61.75. Sad to see a family owned restaurant that has been around as long as the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building close for good.
https://nypost.com/2019/12/29/italian-r ... -90-years/

Re: Marchi's in New York City Closed After 90 Years

Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:01 pm
by Dieuwer
Sounds like the gimmick stopped working.

Re: Marchi's in New York City Closed After 90 Years

Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:11 pm
by ArchGuy1
Dieuwer wrote:
Sounds like the gimmick stopped working.

Unfortunate in the case of a business that is the the age of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, New York City's most famous skyscrapers. You would think that a restaurant around from that time period would be worth enough business to keep running, but apparently not.

Re: Marchi's in New York City Closed After 90 Years

Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:01 pm
by TSS
ArchGuy1 wrote:
Dieuwer wrote:
Sounds like the gimmick stopped working.


Unfortunate in the case of a business that is the the age of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, New York City's most famous skyscrapers. You would think that a restaurant around from that time period would be worth enough business to keep running, but apparently not.


Apparently the "gimmick" is still working, but the current owners are tired of working the gimmick: “My in-laws opened in the 1930s, during the depression,” said Christine Marchi. The clientele is loyal but it’s time to shut down. “It’s been 90 years! Don’t you think we deserve it?” Marchi said. Ms. Marchi has probably literally worked in the same restaurant for her entire life, and may want to try something else. Should she be denied that choice? Perhaps the latest generation of Marchis has no interest in running a restaurant, or at least not the one that their (great?) grandparents started 90 years ago where the menu never changes and there is no room for culinary creativity.

Re: Marchi's in New York City Closed After 90 Years

Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:53 pm
by ArchGuy1
TSS wrote:
ArchGuy1 wrote:
Dieuwer wrote:
Sounds like the gimmick stopped working.


Unfortunate in the case of a business that is the the age of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, New York City's most famous skyscrapers. You would think that a restaurant around from that time period would be worth enough business to keep running, but apparently not.


Apparently the "gimmick" is still working, but the current owners are tired of working the gimmick: “My in-laws opened in the 1930s, during the depression,” said Christine Marchi. The clientele is loyal but it’s time to shut down. “It’s been 90 years! Don’t you think we deserve it?” Marchi said. Ms. Marchi has probably literally worked in the same restaurant for her entire life, and may want to try something else. Should she be denied that choice? Perhaps the latest generation of Marchis has no interest in running a restaurant, or at least not the one that their (great?) grandparents started 90 years ago where the menu never changes and there is no room for culinary creativity.

There should have been changes to the menu and that could have kept them afloat.

Re: Marchi's in New York City Closed After 90 Years

Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:24 pm
by Aaron747
ArchGuy1 wrote:
TSS wrote:
ArchGuy1 wrote:

Unfortunate in the case of a business that is the the age of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, New York City's most famous skyscrapers. You would think that a restaurant around from that time period would be worth enough business to keep running, but apparently not.


Apparently the "gimmick" is still working, but the current owners are tired of working the gimmick: “My in-laws opened in the 1930s, during the depression,” said Christine Marchi. The clientele is loyal but it’s time to shut down. “It’s been 90 years! Don’t you think we deserve it?” Marchi said. Ms. Marchi has probably literally worked in the same restaurant for her entire life, and may want to try something else. Should she be denied that choice? Perhaps the latest generation of Marchis has no interest in running a restaurant, or at least not the one that their (great?) grandparents started 90 years ago where the menu never changes and there is no room for culinary creativity.

There should have been changes to the menu and that could have kept them afloat.


Did you even read what the owner said..??

Re: Marchi's in New York City Closed After 90 Years

Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:19 am
by TSS
Aaron747 wrote:
ArchGuy1 wrote:
TSS wrote:
Apparently the "gimmick" is still working, but the current owners are tired of working the gimmick: “My in-laws opened in the 1930s, during the depression,” said Christine Marchi. The clientele is loyal but it’s time to shut down. “It’s been 90 years! Don’t you think we deserve it?” Marchi said. Ms. Marchi has probably literally worked in the same restaurant for her entire life, and may want to try something else. Should she be denied that choice? Perhaps the latest generation of Marchis has no interest in running a restaurant, or at least not the one that their (great?) grandparents started 90 years ago where the menu never changes and there is no room for culinary creativity.


There should have been changes to the menu and that could have kept them afloat.


Did you even read what the owner said..??


I'm going to guess "no" on that one, Aaron.

ArchGuy, the restaurant was apparently doing fine as it was, but the owners of the restaurant shut it down because they were tired of running it. Short of forcing the now former owners to keep running the restaurant whether they want to or not, how do you propose the restaurant be kept open as it was?

And besides that, if there is one city on this planet outside of perhaps Rome that is unlikely to be greatly affected by the closure of a single, small, family-owned and -operated Italian restaurant, it is New York City. Marchi's may have been great, but NYC will still be just fine without it.