Sept. 10, 2018 By Tara Law
Astoria bistro and bar William Hallet will shutter Sunday after seven years in business.
The owners of William Hallet, located at 36-10 30th Avenue, announced the restaurant’s closure via Facebook on Sept. 6.
While the post did not give an explanation for the restaurant’s closure, the message thanked William Hallet’s customers for their support. The restaurant had built a following over the years and was known for its specialty cocktails and hearty American cuisine.
“Our patrons were our lifeblood, and many have become part of our delightfully weird, sprawling, army of regulars,” the post said. “Without you, we wouldn’t have shared the laughs, personal milestones, conversations both low & high-brow, or general year-round shenanigans.”
The post also thanked the restaurant’s staff for their loyalty over the years.
“We cannot thank them enough for their hard work and dedication, and for having the decency to pretend to do their side-work while checking phones when they thought we weren’t looking,” the post joked.
The post announced that the restaurant will host its own “funeral” at 5 p.m. this Sunday.
Although the restaurant was popular for years, William Hallet did suffer in May when it was temporarily closed by the Health Department. The inspector reported several violations, including evidence of mice.
William Hallet did not respond to a request for comment on this article.