Mathieu Palombino Begins Construction on French Bistro to Replace Chez Jef on the Bowery

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 at 6:10 am by
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Mathieu Palombino pulled the plug on the Chez Jef pop-up restaurant at 241 Bowery last month. At the time, we learned that the celebrity chef-owner was planning to replace the short-lived endeavor with a French bistro (directly across from Keith McNally’s similar concept, Cherche Midi). September was the promised debut date, according to signs that still grace the doors, though that seems unlikely.

Next to those printouts, however, are fresh DOB permits. Three-year-old paperwork was renewed with the city agency last week to conduct interior demolition and general construction work. Here is a visual progress report of the dining room:

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When the new venture opens, it’ll offer ten to twelve mains and a wine list of roughly fifty bottles. Service will include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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