Antonioni’s Shutters After Less Than 2 Years on Chrystie Street
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When the honeymoon period of pay-to-play press plugging concludes and foodies have already moved to the next flavor of the week, lots of these newcomer restaurants tend to fade. Oftentimes gradually with a simple lie of “renovations” or “remodeling.” Or simply no word altogether.
Well, Antonioni’s at the corner of Rivington and Chrystie opted for the latter. It’s the latest neighborhood establishment to shutter. The year-old Italian restaurant had been dark in recent days, including its new red-lettered neon by the entrance. We’ve since confirmed that closure transpired two weeks ago. No reason given, but our guess is a lack of foot traffic coupled with crazy rent.
Like so many similar failed projects, its time behind plywood (two years) far exceeded the time in business (1.5 years).
Antonioni’s opened at 177 Chrystie in the fall of 2013, the brainchild of Luc Levy (the dude behind the pair of trendy Cafe Gitane hangouts).