Mathieu Palombino’s 2nd Bowery Diner Replacement is French Spot ‘La Gamelle’

Posted on: February 26th, 2015 at 5:12 am by

This image has been archived or removed.

Mathieu Palombino inside La Gamelle, Photo: French Morning

In the Bowery Diner space, a familiar name will soon reappear.

Mathieu Palombino pulled the plug on Chez Jef last July. The pop-up culinary experiment had been in operation the four months previous. But the space itself at 241 Bowery has been sequestered under plywood for the interim period.

The full-blown replacement – a French bistro concept – was promised for September 2014. Nope.

Taking a peek at the liquor license records on file at the State Liquor Authority, it seems that Palombino is reviving the La Gamelle name (French for “Lunch Box”) for the new endeavor. There has been little stateside press on the establishment, but there is some France-based love.

We don’t speak the language, but Google Translate tells us more about what to expect here. Palombino notes that the furniture is of the vintage variety, taken directly from France in “two containers.” “I got 60 chairs [from Paris] and tables in Clermont-Ferrand,” he tells French Morning.

An opening was again threatened for November, per the article, but completion is still on the horizon…

In a previous life, La Gamelle had been a popular SoHo bistro on Grand Street. Keith McNally eventually took it over in 1989 and renamed it Lucky Strike.

Recent Stories

Clayton Patterson Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment

Prolific Lower East Side documentarian, Clayton Patterson, is getting his own biography. An illustrated one, at that. The colorful homage is curated by Julian Voloj, and features the work of eighteen artists paying tribute to Patterson’s life and works in graphic novel form. The anthology is aptly titled, Clayton: Godfather of Lower East Side Documentary. […]

Disaster Squared: Coronavirus and Hurricanes Poses Deadly Threat to Lower East Side [OP-ED]

The following editorial is written by Pat Arnow. For more than a year, the city has been ignoring solid community opposition to a massive flood control project that will demolish East River Park, and do the opposite. Now, with a furious hurricane season predicted, not listening could prove dire for these unwealthy sections of the […]

With COLORS Faded, the ‘Bun Hut’ Takes 178 Stanton Street

Where COLORS faded, a new concept for 178 Stanton Street. That’s right, gone not three months, and the ground floor space is again occupied. This time by a fast-casual newcomer called the Bun Hut. It’s an Asian fusion joint that combines Chinese Bao with culinary elements from the Caribbean. Signage is already in place and […]

Two Lower East Side Businesses Join ‘American Dream’ Food Court in the Meadowlands

A host of New York City businesses are headed to the gargantuan American Dream complex in north Jersey. Two of which hail from the Lower East Side, we’ve just learned. Empanada Mama, with locations on Allen Street and Hell’s Kitchen, recently signed a lease to join the party. Apparently the deal was forged during the […]

Displaced Tenants of 70 Mulberry Street Issue Statement on Demolition and Redevelopment

In the wake of a divisive Community Board 3 meeting, in which preservationists were pitted against a desire for return, the displaced tenants of 70 Mulberry Street came together yesterday and issued a joint statement about shared priorities moving forward. Many in the Chinatown community feel that the city, owner of the fire-scorched former school […]