In May, 1965, Joe Allen opened the restaurant that bears his name. That same year, the cast of the ill-fated show Kelly gave Joe a poster of their show. It ran one performance, and they thought it should hang, well, somewhere. Since then, it’s become a Broadway tradition for those unlucky flops to adorn our walls. Everyone remembers the hits, but we revel in the flops.
Opening a restaurant west of 8th Avenue was a gamble, but the Broadway community embraced Joe Allen’s restaurant with open arms. A hamburger cost 75¢, and the most expensive ticket to a Broadway show was $7.50. A lot has changed since then, but our commitment to provide a quality experience at a reasonable price remained.