Palombino Is Closing the Bowery Diner This Weekend, Will Reopen with New Restaurant
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Bowery Diner will cease operations on Feb. 23
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 Eater yesterday that he’s reopening 241 Bowery in March for a pop-up called Chez Jef:
We will change the space into a very different restaurant in the spring, but before renovations begin we will operate a pop-up restaurant called “Chez Jef” open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight and until one on Friday and Saturdays. We expect the Bowery Diner to be closed about a week before Chez Jef opens to the public.
This is the same team here, nothing has changed. We’re anticipating to run Chez Jef for two to three months, the day at which we will be ready to start the new restaurant is still a moving target at this point. Chez Jef will be very simple but hopefully fun.
Keith McNally’s aborted Pulino’s Pizzeria project just up the block is undergoing a similar transformation. It too shut down for a brand makeover. It seems restaurants on the Bowery are struggling to find an audience. Must be those ghosts.