MacDougal Eatery Rino Ceronte Closes

Posted on: August 25th, 2010 at 6:18 am by

MacDougal Street has no love for restauranteur Danny Omari.  For much of 2009, he struggled to keep his mid-block empire of comfort food in the hands of drunken denizens.  Between Super Hotdog, the adjacent Rino Cerante, Food Fight, and Red Basket, Omari had his bases covered.  But 2010 was not so lucky, and now all four have vanished.

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Trouble first began in February when Super Hotdog closed, and was replaced with Red Basket.  The latter venture fared no better at 111 MacDougal, lasting only a few months. Then, just weeks later, Food Fight folded, and Rino Cerante moved across the street into their old space at 112 MacDougal.  Got all that?  Good, moving on…

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Now, eight months later, the same fate has befallen Rino Cerante.  The downfall was evident months ago.  Nobody was ever in there for lunch or dinner.  Just some lonely soul working the register.  Last week, there was a sign made of notebook paper announcing the joint was closed.  But the final news was dealt within the last couple days – store for rent.

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