‘Thelma on Clinton’ Fades, but Ownership Already Planning a Followup
Thelma on Clinton, the American style restaurant at 29 Clinton Street, served its final meal last weekend. Michelin rated Chef-owner Melissa O’Donnell pulled the plug on the three-year-old establishment.
You’ll recall that Thelma – named for O’Donnell’s Lebanese paternal grandmother – was replacement for the Salt Bar, which operated at this address for a decade before closing in 2014. Its aim was striving to create a new concept that was “more representative of our community on the Lower East Side.” A kickstarter campaign followed, filling the coffers with more than $50K.
All that is ancient history now. But it’s not all she wrote. There’s an epilogue.
While the closure announcement was made loud and clear on Facebook, O’Donnell is taking the opposite approach regarding the followup. “Good things are on the horizon,” she tells us, referring to the third concept she plans to install here.
It’s also worth mentioning that Thelma’s neighbor, Tapeo29, closed down two months ago after 12 years on the block. So, lots of turnover for the long-timers around here.