‘Peasant’ to Stay on Elizabeth Street Under Chef Marc Forgione

Posted on: December 5th, 2019 at 5:08 am by

So, it turns out that Peasant will remain on Elizabeth Street, after all. But under new ownership.

One month ago, we reported that founding chef-owner Frank DeCarlo reportedly decided against renewal. An apparent change of heart unfolded in the interim…

The New York Times this week disclosed that DeCarlo sold the business to Marc Forgione, whose namesake eatery has served since 2008. The report states his claim to carry the torch of Peasant by keeping the brand and most of the rustic menu intact.

DeCarlo is reportedly throwing in the towel at the end of the month, marking two decades since opening at 194 Elizabeth Street.

“For 20 years, we’ve had a really good run,” he told the Times. “But it’s time for me to do something new.”

Yet, stick with some of the old. He’ll continue running his restaurant Barba Bianca in Greenport, which opened in 2017, and twelve-year-old Bacaro on Division Street.

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