DBGB, Harbinger of Bowery Gentrification, Closing After 8 Years; Cites Changing Neighborhood
Like its long-gone namesake inspiration, DBGB Kitchen & Bar will soon be dust in the proverbial wind. The Daniel Boulud restaurant circled August 11 as its final day in business after eight years on the Bowery.
Of its decision to close down, DBGB – itself a harbinger of Bowery gentrification – told Eater that the “neighborhood is changing.” It no longer fits in the Bowery 2.0 it helped create.
Boulud reportedly messaged the news to staff, and is in the process of transferring them to some of his other local establishments. The Chef de cuisine of DBGB Nicholas Tang is relocating to Washington, D.C. to work at that DBGB location.
DBGB came to life in the immediate aftermath of the CBGB swan song, owing its namesake as inspiration. The play-on-words, while clever, resulted in a cease-and-desist from the former punk venue. Indeed, while in the exploratory phase of development, the logo used the so-called “CBGB font,” which didn’t sit right with the owners of that intellectual property.
Is this schadenfreude?