241 Bowery

Sunshine Hotel Conversion Plans Revived as Ownership Again Seeks ‘Certificate of No Harassment’

Posted July 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Sunshine Hotel, one of the last operational flophouses on the Bowery, is again under the microscope regarding proposed conversion work that is years in the making. Further alluded to by that months-old banner draped from the facade advertising an “entire floor” for rent. Property owner Roseann Carone last month reapplied for a “Certificate of No […]

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Mathieu Palombino Ditches Stake in ‘La Gamelle’ After 9 Months

Posted January 14, 2016 at 5:13 am

The end is likely near for La Gamelle. 241 Bowery is now on death watch. Its chief principal, chef, and founder, Mathieu Palombino, ditched the French restaurant this week. He reportedly sold his stake to the remaining partners, and will instead focus on his successful Motorino pizza chain. That can’t be a good sign for […]

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Mathieu Palombino’s 2nd Bowery Diner Replacement is French Spot ‘La Gamelle’

Posted February 26, 2015 at 5:12 am

In the Bowery Diner space, a familiar name will soon reappear. Mathieu Palombino pulled the plug on Chez Jef last July. The pop-up culinary experiment had been in operation the four months previous. But the space itself at 241 Bowery has been sequestered under plywood for the interim period. The full-blown replacement – a French bistro concept – […]

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Mathieu Palombino Begins Construction on French Bistro to Replace Chez Jef on the Bowery

Posted September 9, 2014 at 6:10 am

Mathieu Palombino pulled the plug on the Chez Jef pop-up restaurant at 241 Bowery last month. At the time, we learned that the celebrity chef-owner was planning to replace the short-lived endeavor with a French bistro (directly across from Keith McNally’s similar concept, Cherche Midi). September was the promised debut date, according to signs that […]

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Sunshine Hotel on the Bowery is Downsizing for Commercial Loft Conversion

Last modified August 27, 2014 at 9:15 am

The Sunshine Hotel, one of the last operational flophouses on the Bowery, is downsizing. The SRO, which straddles three contiguous buildings near Stanton Street, will lose a third of its footprint to office space. Looks like Sunshine owner Roseann Carone finally got her wish to liquidate 241 Bowery. Six years ago the Department of Housing […]

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Mathieu Palombino Kills Off Chez Jef; New French Bistro to Open in September

Posted July 10, 2014 at 6:02 am

Down on the Bowery, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Two upscale eateries near the intersection of East Houston offer the taste of France. Earlier this week, Mathieu Palombino pulled the plug on his four-month Chez Jef pop-up experiment at the former Bowery Diner. It had been in rotation since March. However, he will return […]

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Chez Jef Hacks Bowery Diner Neon Signage

Posted March 19, 2014 at 6:03 am

With just a little bit of electrical tape, here’s a prime example of how to hack your current store signage to reflect a business change. Mathieu Palombino obscured the lettering on his sexy “DINER” neon outside 241 Bowery to read “JEF.” This bit of frontier medicine was a result of the transition from Bowery Diner […]

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Palombino Opened Chez Jef at the Old Bowery Diner Last Night

Posted March 4, 2014 at 6:07 am

True to his word, chef-owner Mathieu Palombino reopened 241 Bowery as a completely reimagined pop-up concept. Chez Jef debuted last night inside the old Bowery Diner space, this after a couple weeks masked behind newspaper clippings and locked doors. It’ll hold court here for roughly two to three months before undergoing another unspecified change in […]

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Palombino Is Closing the Bowery Diner This Weekend, Will Reopen with New Restaurant

Posted February 20, 2014 at 6:01 am

The Bowery Diner we’ve come to know these past two years will cease to exist on Sunday, February 23. You see, owner Mathieu Palombino is closing down to change up the concept. Sound familiar? Just read between the lines here, especially since the place is usually sparsely occupied. Anyway, back to the report. Palombino told […]

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Louis C.K. Was Filming at Bowery Diner Yesterday

Last modified October 3, 2013 at 10:12 am

Louis C.K. was all over the Lower East Side yesterday, busy filming scenes for the long-awaited fourth season of Louie. Here he is sitting in the window seat at the Bowery Diner at roughly 6pm. As previously reported, Louie will be back in the neighborhood today, occupying Norfolk Street just north of Delancey. Louie is […]

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