APL and Camille Becerra Coming to 146 Orchard

Posted on: December 29th, 2010 at 6:09 am by

Well, now!  The year-old mystery restaurant at 146 Orchard Street finally has an identity. We’ve been following developments here super-closely ever since Top Chef alum Camille Becerra’s expressed interest in the storefront.  That was last April.  At the time, however, there was plenty of speculation to the contrary, thanks to some squabbles amongst the partners involved.  But it appears everyone already kissed and made up.

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The mystery spot is called APL, and Becerra is in fact the executive chef. Much like her former Brooklyn-based venture, Paloma, this new resto-lounge will focus on “urban American” cuisine.  BlackBook confirms the news in a post about its holiday fete, which was held here two weeks ago. Their own nightlife columnist Steve Lewis was actually the principal interior designer behind APL, choosing a rustic wood look with a splash of flair.  Indeed, the colorful wallpaper was custom-designed by Shepard Fairey, and includes his Obey trademark.

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APL is allegedly in preview mode, with an official opening scheduled for sometime in mid-January.  Camille Becerra provides additional details via her blog, My Personal Feast:

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We’ve been busy prepping to open our newest restaurant on Orchard St in the LES. This restaurant should of been open a year ago… as with all new build outs the licenses, permits and inspections are grueling… But alas, we are hosting our first event in a couple of days.  Although we won’t officially open our doors to the public till mid January we made one exception for Blackbook Magazine who along with The Supper Club will host the soiree.  Steve Lewis will be showing off his off the cuff interior designs, he did an awesome job, its all color, and happy, and street and royal.

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