Algonquin Shuttered for Renovations, Again; No Word on Matilda’s Whereabouts

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But whither Matilda? Photo: Courtesy the Algonquin Hotel

We'd planned to get our Dorothy Parker on last night with cocktails at the Algonquin, only to find the whole place shut down. A sign on the door said the hotel has closed for renovations and aims to reopen May 1, and the spot's Facebook page has the same news. When we tracked down a rep, she wasn't able to say much at the moment, but did indicate that the bar in particular was undergoing big changes (odd, since the hotel was last renovated less than four years ago). And sadly, the rep couldn't comment on the current well-being and whereabouts of Matilda the lobby cat, though we hope she's off somewhere enjoying a reprieve from electric fencing. More on the Algonquin changes and its famous feline when we get it.