Mathieu Palombino Ditches Stake in ‘La Gamelle’ After 9 Months

Posted on: January 14th, 2016 at 5:13 am by

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La Gamelle upon opening, April 2015

The end is likely near for La Gamelle. 241 Bowery is now on death watch.

Its chief principal, chef, and founder, Mathieu Palombino, ditched the French restaurant this week. He reportedly sold his stake to the remaining partners, and will instead focus on his successful Motorino pizza chain. That can’t be a good sign for this nine-month-old business.

Palombino’s departure is definitely a sign that this location is not practical for nightlife. We’ve already seen the failure of the Bowery Diner here; and the re-tooled Cherche Midi by Keith McNally across the street; also, Paulaner Brauhaus almost never packs it in.

La Gamelle bowed last April, Palombino’s reboot at 241 Bowery. Alex Gherab had once-upon-a-time employed the name for his SoHo restaurant of yore (replaced by McNally’s Lucky Strike), and was also attached to the project as interior designer.

Polombino hinted to Eater, meanwhile, that he’s looking to expand Motorino within the confines of New York City. Stay tuned.

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