Ark Restaurants (ARKR)

Filed: 2 Jul 20, 4:13pm

Washington, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 2, 2020
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
New York1-0945313-3156768  
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
85 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10003
(Address of principal executive offices, with zip code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 206-8800
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Securities registered pursuant to section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $.01 per shareARKR The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b of this chapter).
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Item 8.01 Other Events
On March 13, 2020, the Company announced that, in light of the unprecedented circumstances and rapidly changing situation with respect to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as part of an overall plan to preserve cash flow, the Board of Directors determined that it was appropriate for the Company to defer payment of the dividend that was declared on March 2, 2020.  Based on the information that was available at that time, the payment of such dividend was deferred until such time as the Board of Directors determined that payment may have been appropriate.  However, in light of the events that have occurred since March 13, 2020 related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the rapid development and fluidity of this situation, such dividend was canceled by the Board of Directors on July 1, 2020 and will not be paid. A copy of the press release titled "Ark Restaurants Announces Cancellation of Dividend Payment" is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
(d) Exhibits

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 By:/s/ Michael Weinstein
  Name: Michael Weinstein
  Title: Chief Executive Officer
Date: July 2, 2020