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This Beloved Times Square Restaurant Just Finally Reopened

After a 14-month closure, this gives the country hope that we're turning a corner with pandemic progress.

If you're getting ready to book Broadway tickets for the fall now that theaters are preparing to reopen, it sounds like you'll be able to catch a great nightcap. That's right—a ribbon-cutting took place this week at one of New York City's most famous eateries, and the buzz is big after the world came out to watch.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer was on hand Thursday to cut the ribbon that symbolized the official reopening of Junior's Cheesecake on 45th Street and Broadway. Junior's is a 71-year-old New York establishment that's become a Times Square staple, with the brand billing itself as "home of the World's Most Famous Cheesecake."

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But since March 2020 when many businesses were forced to close down and as New York City tourism reached record-low volumes, plenty of well-known Big Apple restaurants have suffered—especially many that sit in Times Square, whose draw for travelers in the best of times earned it the nickname of "the crossroads of the world."


So while Junior's original Brooklyn location has been open for business since June, according to sources, Junior's Times Square reopening is symbolic. Junior's owner Alan Rosen was quoted saying at the ribbon cutting: "It is not just that we are reopening, it's that more than 150 employees are coming back. They're the backbone of Junior's and I can't thank them enough for sticking with us and being here today."

For the nation, this highlights the possibility that with the impressive vaccination progress we've made since the first vaccines were rolled out in December, we're evolving ever-nearer to life's return to normal.

Just one tiny note: If you book a Big Apple trip and you make your way to Junior's, you may want to split that cheesecake slice with a friend. A regular serving of Junior's cheesecake reportedly contains almost 400 calories and 29 grams of fat. Hey—no harm in an occasional sweet treat… it's just a good reminder that one of the best ways to tour any city is to see the sights on foot. Check out Experts Reveal the Secret Tricks for Walking for Exercise.

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more about Krissy