Melissa O’Donnell Raises Over $50K for Salt Bar Replacement ‘Thelma on Clinton’

Posted on: November 20th, 2013 at 5:01 am by
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Thelma on Clinton is happening.

At the conclusion of summer, chef-restaurateur Melissa O’Donnell dropped the bombshell news that Salt Bar would close after a decade at 29 Clinton Street. But she’s not going anywhere. The PR-friendly reasoning was that O’Donnell strived to create a new concept that was “more representative of our community on the Lower East Side.” Thelma on Clinton, named for her Lebanese paternal grandmother, would be the replacement.

O’Donnell took to Kickstarter (natch) to help fund the transformation. Her goal was $50,000, which was easily met (and surpassed) after the 35-day campaign concluded this week. The loot collected will go toward new white oak flooring, marble-top bar, banquettes, and updated kitchen.

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The build-out, Photo: Melissa O’Donnel Facebook

Once Thelma opens, it’ll “combine the dynamic culinary experience of a French bistro with the comfort of an American colonial farmhouse.” The initial plan was to launch in early November, but that seems to have been delayed. Staff from Salt Bar will reprise their roles in the new restaurant. We’ll keep you posted on opening…

Meanwhile, the rolldown security gate now boasts the beginnings of a branded mural for the restaurant.

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