Chez Jef

Mathieu Palomino Opens La Gamelle on the Bowery Today

Posted April 22, 2015 at 5:12 am

It’s been a minute since we’ve checked in with Mathieu Palombino’s new “Parisian Brasserie” opening at 241 Bowery. Last week, the red-painted La Gamelle signage was installed above the entrance, signaling the impending opening. Then yesterday, the plywood encasement was excised from the storefront, revealing a spiffy new wooden exterior. Here’s a gratuitous shot of […]

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Mathieu Palombino’s 2nd Bowery Diner Replacement is French Spot ‘La Gamelle’

Posted February 26, 2015 at 5:12 am

In the Bowery Diner space, a familiar name will soon reappear. Mathieu Palombino pulled the plug on Chez Jef last July. The pop-up culinary experiment had been in operation the four months previous. But the space itself at 241 Bowery has been sequestered under plywood for the interim period. The full-blown replacement – a French bistro concept – […]

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Mathieu Palombino Begins Construction on French Bistro to Replace Chez Jef on the Bowery

Posted September 9, 2014 at 6:10 am

Mathieu Palombino pulled the plug on the Chez Jef pop-up restaurant at 241 Bowery last month. At the time, we learned that the celebrity chef-owner was planning to replace the short-lived endeavor with a French bistro (directly across from Keith McNally’s similar concept, Cherche Midi). September was the promised debut date, according to signs that […]

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Mathieu Palombino Kills Off Chez Jef; New French Bistro to Open in September

Posted July 10, 2014 at 6:02 am

Down on the Bowery, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Two upscale eateries near the intersection of East Houston offer the taste of France. Earlier this week, Mathieu Palombino pulled the plug on his four-month Chez Jef pop-up experiment at the former Bowery Diner. It had been in rotation since March. However, he will return […]

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Chez Jef Hacks Bowery Diner Neon Signage

Posted March 19, 2014 at 6:03 am

With just a little bit of electrical tape, here’s a prime example of how to hack your current store signage to reflect a business change. Mathieu Palombino obscured the lettering on his sexy “DINER” neon outside 241 Bowery to read “JEF.” This bit of frontier medicine was a result of the transition from Bowery Diner […]

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Palombino Opened Chez Jef at the Old Bowery Diner Last Night

Posted March 4, 2014 at 6:07 am

True to his word, chef-owner Mathieu Palombino reopened 241 Bowery as a completely reimagined pop-up concept. Chez Jef debuted last night inside the old Bowery Diner space, this after a couple weeks masked behind newspaper clippings and locked doors. It’ll hold court here for roughly two to three months before undergoing another unspecified change in […]

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Palombino Is Closing the Bowery Diner This Weekend, Will Reopen with New Restaurant

Posted February 20, 2014 at 6:01 am

The Bowery Diner we’ve come to know these past two years will cease to exist on Sunday, February 23. You see, owner Mathieu Palombino is closing down to change up the concept. Sound familiar? Just read between the lines here, especially since the place is usually sparsely occupied. Anyway, back to the report. Palombino told […]

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