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