Taavo Somer

‘Le Turtle’ Goes Under After 3 Years on Chrystie Street

Posted February 5, 2019 at 5:04 am

Le Turtle is no more. The popular French-American restaurant at the southeast corner of Chrystie and Rivington Streets shuttered at the end of January after just over three years in business. A sign on the window announces the news, yet teases “more announcements soon.” Le Turtle launched at 177 Chrystie Street in December 2015. The […]

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Taavo Somer and Carlos Quirarte Soft Launch ‘Le Turtle’ at 177 Chrystie Street

Posted December 15, 2015 at 5:16 am

Thus far, Le Turtle has gone the less-traveled path, having quietly opened without the thrust of pay-to-play PR. Probably because the new restaurant, co-helmed by Taavo Somer and Carlos Quirarte (plus silent partner Nathan Lowman) is testing the proverbial waters without its beer-wine license. The sixteen-table “French New Wave” spot took over from Antonioni’s at […]

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Taavo Somer’s French New Wave Spot on Chrystie Street Identified as ‘Le Turtle’

Posted November 16, 2015 at 5:00 am

​Le Turtle, an appropriate name for a local restaurant more than seven months in the making. This is the identity of Taavo Somer’s newest Lower East Side project on Chrystie Street. As reported, local heavyhitter Taavo Somer recently paired up with Carlos Quirarte, co-owner of The Smile, to create Le Turtle, a sixteen-table establishment that serves […]

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Checking in with Taavo Somer’s ‘French New Wave’ Restaurant on Chrystie Street

Posted September 23, 2015 at 5:10 am

Somer is here again at Chrystie and Rivington. Local heavyhitter Taavo Somer recently paired up with Carlos Quirarte, co-owner of The Smile, to create a new Lower East Side concept. In fact, a sixteen-table restaurant that serves “French New Wave health food.” To realize the dream, the duo reportedly purchased the assets of failed Italian […]

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Taavo Somer and Carlos Quirarte Planning ‘French New Wave Health’ Restaurant in Failed Antonioni’s Space on Chrystie Street

Posted April 13, 2015 at 5:00 am

Where Antonioni’s failed, Taavo Somer hopes to strike again. After all, 177 Chrystie Street (corner of Rivington) is literally part of his backyard; everyone else is just living in it. Taavo Somer, the established restaurateur behind the popular destination, Freeman’s, is in talks to transform the former home of Antonioni’s into a new French restaurant. […]

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Carmellini, Pickard, and Ostrom Bringing ‘Bar Primi’ to Peels Space on the Bowery

Posted January 29, 2014 at 6:08 am

Foodie freaks are drooling over news that the former Peels space at 325 Bowery will indeed become the next pet project for Andrew Carmellini, Josh Pickard, and Luke Ostrom. Eater, who first reported the rumor, confirmed yesterday that the new “casual pasta shop” is tentatively called Bar Primi. Bar Primi should open sometime next summer, […]

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Peels on the Bowery Abruptly Shutters; Josh Pickard and Andrew Carmellini Rumored as Replacements

Posted January 23, 2014 at 6:12 am

Peels abruptly shuttered yesterday after two-and-a-half years serving at 325 Bowery. Principals William Tigertt and Taavo Somer told Grub St that they’ve “decided to turn the restaurant over to the landlord.” In a statement, the business partners thanked their loyal customers for the “years of support and memories.” Meanwhile, Eater is rumormongering that Josh Pickard […]

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FSC Barber Alumni Open ‘Barbershop’ at 8 Rivington [UPDATED]

Last modified July 24, 2013 at 11:53 am

Coming up on a year since The National ended its short-lived residency at 8 Rivington Street, its ground-level replacement is now operational

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Taavo Somer to Open Bar-Boutique in the Former National on Rivington

Posted December 5, 2012 at 6:18 am

With The National barely out the proverbial door, Taavo Somer hopes to create a bar-boutique concept that seems rather similar to the nearby Dressing Room.

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