The conventional wisdom is that Ratner's is closed, and will turn into a steakhouse.
Guess what. It's not closed. The same old waiters are serving the same blintzes and kasha varnishkes, and the same cheese danishes, cream cheesey rugelach, and onion rolls are being sold up front in the bakery. The only diff is that the back half of the restaurant is walled off.
i can't promise they'll continue like this, but anyone who got misty-eyed at the news that this place shut can at least go get one last meal. I stopped in today for pastries from the bakery, but everything had that old funky (GOOD funky) flavor I remember (and that stuff cooked from jewish cookbook recipes will never come close to evoking). I'd suggest everyone with fond memories go have one last bite, for closure.