Convivium Catering Transforms ‘Brigitte’ into ‘R&D’ Events Space

Posted on: April 1st, 2019 at 5:03 am by

The last gasp of Brigitte happened in mid-February, when the restaurant shuttered for a second time. And without any renovations. Instead, the corner restaurant has become an events space by the same folks.

Convivium Catering – whose partners were behind Brigitte – just launched this new three-pronged concept called R&D. According to printouts attached to 37 Canal Street, the weekends-only venture is “one part test kitchen, one part local bar, and one part events space.”

About the setup:

The inside is reminiscent of being in someone’s home with light decor, plush seating, great company, and delicious drinks in an intimate bar. There are no reservations here and we consider service to be casual and easy.

We have a form “come as you are” policy and our cuisine is based on making people feel good, inside and out.

The Convivium R&D is open Thursdays through Saturdays, 6pm to midnight.

Brigitte debuted at the northeast corner of Canal and Ludlow Streets in September 2017, forged from the ashes of Skal and Les Enfants Terribles. It closed less than a year later, closely after former partner Scott Alling passed away. Remodeling followed for another few months, and the business reopened in November 2018.

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