I was greeted with closed doors at The Sam Bar this afternoon when I tried to hit up the cozy spot in the Alden Hotel for lunch this afternoon. Its big sister restaurant, *17, was also closed -- albeit because it was a smidge after 2 p.m. -- and the maitre d' told me that The Sam Bar, like many places downtown, had closed due to a lack of lunchtime traffic.
Downtown was a ghost town this afternoon, it's true. With many commuters choosing not to make the drive in due to icy road conditions, many restaurants elected to have a "snow day" of their own. I walked from Sam Bar to Byrd's on Main Street, only to find it dark inside. The next closest restaurant, an unfortunate-looking pub, was closed too. (Darn.)
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
Luckily, I found refuge in a bowl of ginger-butternut squash bisque at Azuma. And just as many downtown restaurants -- Ziggy's, Irma's, Hearsay and most places in the tunnels -- were open as closed. But let today's lunchtime misadventure serve as a cautionary tale for tonight.