NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, January 3, 2016, 1:27 AM
Exterior of Angus’ Cafe Bistro on Saturday January 2, 2016 in Manhattan.
The curtain is coming down on a longtime Theater District favorite.
The cafe/bistro Angus’ on W. 44th St. is shutting down Sunday night after one last dinner service, ending a well-reviewed 15-year Off-Broadway run.
“Plz stop in to say good-bye before we close our doors,” the eatery tweeted Saturday. “Thank you for 15 never dull yrs!”
Owner Angus McIndoe, backed by an A-list of investors including Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Mel Brooks, Frank McCourt and Harvey Weinstein, opened the doors Dec. 13, 2001 — and his place became a hit.
“When I tweeted we were closing, my phone exploded,” the 44-year-old McIndoe said Saturday night. “People said, ‘Where are we going to go now? We have no place to go.’”
Preshow dinners, postshow drinks and a bit of Broadway star-gazing were always on the menu once the Scottish immigrant made the switch from maitre d’ at the famous Theater Row restaurant Joe Allen’s to running his own place.
The three-story building stood opposite the Majestic Theater, home to the long-running musical “The Phantom of the Opera,” and adjacent to the St. James Theater.
Lane and Broderick, who starred at the St. James in “The Producers,” became frequent patrons at the bistro next door.
Angus McIndoe, 44, owner of Angus Cafe Bistro for the past 15 years, at 258 W. 44th St.
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The Theater District stalwart spent nearly 15 years serving hungry and thirsty theatergoers.
Tom Waits once performed at a benefit on the eatery’s third floor. And New York Post theater critic Michael Riedel wound up on the ground floor after a scuffle with “Fiddler on the Roof” director David Leveaux in 2004.
“Everyone’s got a little side story here,” said McIndoe. “We wanted to open a place theater people would appreciate.”
McIndoe, who referred to the place in an interview last year as his not-for-profit Times Square business, said a dispute with his landlord over a new lease was behind his decision.