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Rego Park’s Woodhaven House Restaurant to Permanently Shutter Due to COVID-19

Woodhaven House will not reopen when the pandemic passes. (Google Maps)

May 7, 2020 By Allie Griffin

An Irish pub and restaurant that has served Rego Park residents for nearly two decades will shutter permanently due to the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns.

Woodhaven House, located at 63-98 Woodhaven Blvd., is the latest small business to announce that it will not reopen when the pandemic and shutdown orders subside.

“To our Woodhaven House family, it is with a heavy heart we must inform you that Woodhaven House will not be reopening after this pandemic has passed,” the restaurant said in a statement posted to Facebook.

The owners said the financial blow of the pandemic was too great to reopen.

“It is not financially possible to continue,” they wrote in the statement. “These last few months have been devastating for us all in so many ways.”

Woodhaven House opened in Rego Park 16 years ago and served lunch and dinner daily with live music every weekend.

“The past sixteen years have provided so many memories and so many friendships made,” they wrote.

“Thank you for your support throughout the years. It was our privilege to have been a part of your life.”

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Harold Schiffer

All the members of Arthur’s Roundtable, a special group of Retired NYPD Detectives and bosses dedicated to keeping the memory and good times of the late Arthur Schultheiss and Manhattan Detectives alive, are saddened to hear about the closing of the Great Fabulous Woodhaven House. It has been our Luncheon home for the past 17
years on the fourth Thursday of every month.

The entire Arthur’s Roundtable group wish to thank the owner John and his employees for the wonderful fare, service, and friendship that they extended to us over the years. We will miss them and wish them all the best for the future and hopefully we will all meet again someday.

Harold Schiffer-Chairman
Eugene Burke-President Emeritus


I hope urgent care centers take over all these closings in preparation for the second wave in the Fall.


I was told 15 days to slow the spread so that we wouldn’t overwhelm the hospitals.
No one mentioned anything about a permanent lockdown until a vaccine that may never come.


We have to lift the restrictions and give these small business a fighting chance. As for the “Gentrifiers they mostly opened up for”, Ria has obviously never been to the place.


Until there is a vaccine this will be a common closing. The Gentrifiers they mostly opened up for are moving out. Open up a soup kitchen funded by some Spanish celebrity in Florida or California and you might have a chance to stay open.


Anybody with common sense should plan on leaving NY this place is becoming more of a facade and soon to be financially unviable for working/middle class.

Agenda 21

Maybe now we can have another Chase Bank. Wouldn’t that be refreshing?


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