Cherche Midi Shuts Down for Good on Sunday
The end of the line is here for another Keith McNally establishment. Come Sunday evening, Cherche Midi will be just another memory for the Bowery. The French spot, which replaced Pulino’s four years ago, closes for good on Sunday (June 10).
This is the second high-profile closure on the Lower East Side for team McNally within the last year. Schiller’s Liquor Bar shuttered last August after 14 years on Rivington Street.
Keith McNally first arrived at the southwest corner of East Houston and the Bowery back in the summer of 2008. His stake to the ground space was chum in the water, especially the imported “Outsiders” art show that inspired a “Slacktivist” protest. It’s believed that the so-called McNally effect helped further gentrify the area, and certainly paved the way for establishments like Pearl & Ash, Rebelle, and Cata; or Rag & Bone to enter the scene at the expense of Cafe Colonial. Pulino’s would debut in the spring of 2010, after nearly two years under construction; it lasted another three years until its end in December 2013.
Property records indicate that landlord Joseph Betesh is still the property owner. You’ll recall that the Dr. Jay’s magnate acquired the property as part of a $62 million acquisition of eleven Bowery buildings (between Canal and East Houston) in June 2013. It was the same transaction that yielded the controversial, headline-grabbing tenement at 85 Bowery.
Below is a walk through the last ten years at this highly-trafficked corner: