2 Theater District eateries launch 'eat now, and pay later' program for actors

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A pair of Theater District restaurants have launched an informal program that will allow some actors to eat for free — and pay their tabs in the future, if possible.

Marseille, a French brasserie, and Nizza, an Italian eatery, started allowing Actors’ Equity Association cardholders to “eat now, and pay later (if they can)” from 9 p.m. to close on Oct. 12, Front Row Center first reported.

The Ninth Avenue restaurants “have been the home of many actors and theatergoers pre- and post-performance,” their owners wrote on Facebook.

“Your success has been our success,” they wrote. “Now, as the industry has been decimated due to COVID-19, we wanted to make sure that the arts community stays well fed and well loved.”

“The restaurant will keep a house account for each Equity member who dines after 9 p.m. any day of the week,” they added. “When the theater returns to New York, and actors start working again, the amount owed can be paid off as slowly or as quickly as possible, if at all.”