Keith McNally Closing Pulino’s and Will Reopen as ‘Cherche Midi’

Posted on: October 18th, 2013 at 6:00 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

His presence was at the time a gamechanger on the Bowery, but now Keith McNally is standing on shaky ground.

Eater reported yesterday that McNally is ending the Pulino’s Pizzeria concept at the southwest corner of Bowery and East Houston. The restaurateur announced that he’s closing the spot in January, and reopening as a French eatery called Cherche Midi (named for a prison, in fact).

Through no one’s fault but my own Pulino’s hasn’t fully worked and I’ve decided to change it quite radically. The restaurant will close for extended alterations the first week of January and reopen in the middle of March. It will reopen as a small French restaurant called Cherche Midi and the chefs will be Shane Mcbride (currently executive chef of Balthazar) and Daniel Parilla (currently head sous chef of Minetta Tavern). Shane will be the Executive Chef of Cherche Midi and Daniel the Chef de Cuisine. Both are extremely excited to begin on the project.

In 33 years I’ve never had to close a restaurant. So on the plus side I’ll finally be first at something.

Isn’t Pastis in Meatpacking closing? They say temporarily but, you know…

Anyway, the neighborhood was quite shaken back in 2008 when Pulino’s was first announced. Its opening in 2010 was preceded by a pop-up art gallery by UK collective Lazarides. Remember the Slacktivist protest?

Here are some archival images from the last few years:

This gallery has been removed.

Recent Stories

The City is Demolishing 70 Mulberry Street without Chinatown Input

Four months after a devastating five-alarm fire, it seems the city is content to let 70 Mulberry Street meet the wrecking ball. The Department of Buikdings and Department of Citywide Administrative Services together Plan full demolition, without community input. Roughly a dozen concerned Chinatown residents “attended” the Community Board 3 Land Use committee meeting last […]

Thieves Continue to Target ‘Ginger & Lemongrass’ on Rivington Street

With coronavirus lockdown the new normal, crime is seemingly on the rise around the Lower East Side. And Ginger & Lemongrass, the two-year-old Vietnamese restaurant at 153 Rivington Street, is apparently a ripe target. The business last week fell victim to theft for the second time in as many months. “The Lower East Side is […]

There is Now a Wall of Face Mask Vending Machines on Delancey Street

On Delancey Street, face mask vending machines are multiplying like mogwai in a bathtub. Where there was one, there are now three servicing the neighborhood. As first reported on Bowery Boogie, entrepreneur David Edelman of RapidMask2Go placed a single vending machine outside 156 Delancey in late-April. Its placement went viral, and the story hit the […]

Lower East Side Ferry Route Permanently Reconfigured Due to Poor Ridership

Spring and summer usually see peak ridership for the city’s nascent ferry system. However, as with everything else these days, the novel coronavirus got in the way. In response to the ongoing crisis, the NYC Ferry program is reducing service by an additional 20-percent. Three routes are permanently reconfigured, including the Corlears Hook line, which […]

Scarr’s Pizza Reopens Today for Pickup and Delivery

On the sidelines for two months, Scarr’s Pizza reopens on the Lower East Side today. The popular Orchard Street pizzeria had shuttered in mid-March, just as the COVID-19 pandemic seized control of the city. Customers can order only for pickup or delivery (via Caviar); no slices. Still no word on how this extended closure ultimately […]