Stars together with rocker Pete Townsend, Chita Rivera, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Melissa Rivers, and extra are coming together to attempt to save the venerable theater haunt, West Bank Café.
There might be a star-studded digital telethon streaming without cost starting Dec. 25 for the spot, which has been on the verge of closing for good due to the pandemic.
Al Pacino stated of the restaurant in an unique (and poetic) assertion to Page Six: “The West Bank Café has always meant a great deal to me. It’s right there in the middle of everything on 42nd and 9th and open to everyone. It’s very comforting to know that it’s there.”
The Oscar winner added: “The meals is all the time contemporary and good, the ambiance heat and, imagine it or not, each night time downstairs totally different acts and mini-plays are carried out. To lose a spot like that might be a loss for our nice metropolis that we might really feel. To me, it’s a landmark… a part of the only a few that provides our metropolis id — low-key, but New York.
“The ambiance of it is just right with those windows open to 42nd. There were nights we would sit in there watching the snow falling outside. There are places that have vibes, the West Bank has a vibe, and the vibe is simple and alive. I hope it hangs in there.”
The fundraiser goals to repay the place’s 2020 debt incurred from the pandemic, and pay West Bank’s lease for 2021 “to give them time to get back on their feet.”