Melissa O’Donnell

In Place of Lil Gem, Matthew Kenney’s Vegan ‘XYST’ Grows on Clinton Street

Posted January 29, 2019 at 5:00 am

Lebanese family style restaurant Lil Gem closed up shop this month after just over a year at 29 Clinton Street. The Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient had been the third coming for chef-owner Melissa O’Donnell, who occupied the space with various restaurants over the last fifteen years (Salt Bar, Thelma). No more, it seems. Celebrity chef […]

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Thelma on Clinton is reborn as ‘Lil Gem’ Lebanese Restaurant

Posted March 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

Chef-restaurateur Melissa O’Donnell delivered on her promise to return to the Lower East Side with a new concept. Indeed, more than a month after shuttering the three-year-old Thelma on Clinton, the space at 29 Clinton Street has been transformed into a Lebanese restaurant called Lil’ Gem. Evoking her Lebanese heritage again – Thelma was named […]

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Melissa O’Donnell’s ‘Thelma on Clinton’ Opens Tonight at 29 Clinton Street

Posted December 17, 2013 at 6:10 am

Hot on the heels of a successful $50k Kickstarter push, the Salt Bar metamorphosis is now complete. Thelma on Clinton is ready to break outta that cocoon and fly. The transition along restaurant row took six months; today is opening day at 29 Clinton Street. With the pivot, chef-owner Melissa O’Donnel is instead slinging a […]

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Melissa O’Donnell Raises Over $50K for Salt Bar Replacement ‘Thelma on Clinton’

Posted November 20, 2013 at 5:01 am

Thelma on Clinton is happening. At the conclusion of summer, chef-restaurateur Melissa O’Donnell dropped the bombshell news that Salt Bar would close after a decade at 29 Clinton Street. But she’s not going anywhere. The PR-friendly reasoning was that O’Donnell strived to create a new concept that was “more representative of our community on the […]

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