Palombino Opened Chez Jef at the Old Bowery Diner Last Night

Posted on: March 4th, 2014 at 6:07 am by
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True to his word, chef-owner Mathieu Palombino reopened 241 Bowery as a completely reimagined pop-up concept. Chez Jef debuted last night inside the old Bowery Diner space, this after a couple weeks masked behind newspaper clippings and locked doors. It’ll hold court here for roughly two to three months before undergoing another unspecified change in the springtime. No word on that endeavor just yet.

Meanwhile, decor is much the same as its predecessor, though dressed a bit nicer. There’s decidedly more in the way of fabric hanging around. Like gingham picnic threads and reddish drapes.

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Palombino had announced his intention to rebrand as Chez Jef last month. Several nearby residents were of the opinion that this transformation is simply a desperate attempt to save the business. How Bowery Diner was hard-up for business, etc. What do you think?

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