Heartbreak to Reopen as Greek Restaurant
Bad timing befell Heartbreak last month. The German-Swiss fusion restaurant at 29 East Second Street (Second Avenue) closed for permanent “renovations” just as it was awarded a Michelin Star. The reaction among neighborhood denizens seemed fairly subdued. Undeterred, owner Christos Valtzoglou recently began relaunch efforts on a new project here. Scoopy has the, er, scoop in his eponymous Notebook column in The Villager this week.
Valtzoglou is presently re-branding the establishment to resemble something more in the vein of his other East Village eatery, Pylos. That’s right, a small-plate Greek spot is coming soon.
The former German-Swiss eatery will soon be reborn as a Greek, small-plate-style eatery. “Why? Because I’m Greek, that’s one good reason. Also, I own Pylos,” Valtzoglou told us, referring to his Greek restaurant on Seventh St. between First Ave. and Avenue A.
So, is the designer good? we asked. Oh yes, Valtzoglou said, almost reverently, it’s none other than the renowned Tony Chi, who, as a matter of fact, grew up on the good ol’ Lower East Side. Sounds like it could be a winning combination. By the way, Valtzoglou named the place Heartbreak after the nightclub of that name that used to be on Varick St., which was his favorite place to hang back in the day.