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Eater Hospice: 66 Case File Closed, Jovia Up Next; Varietal and Kobe Club Still in Trouble

Here now, the latest in the land of Deathwatching. You did bring flowers, yes? What kind of crazy person comes to the Eater Hospice without at least some tulips?

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66
Status: CLOSED
Time on the 'Watch: 54 weeks
Prognosis/Analysis: 66 is to become Matsu Gen, a soba concept. Renovations on the space are underway and a late spring re-open is slated. Case file officially closed on 66.

Jovia
STATUS: DEATHWATCH; 'ZOE TOWNHOUSE' OVERHAUL PLANNED
Time on the 'Watch: 57 weeks
Prognosis/Analysis: Jovia will turn itself into a version of the owners' Soho restaurant Zoe, and currently the plan is to call it Zoe Townhouse. It's not entirely clear at this time why the owners would want to call attention to the fact that their townhouse locale has been cursed since the late 1990s, but that's another story.

Kobe Club
Status: DEATHWATCH
Time on the 'Watch: 11 weeks
Prognosis/Analysis: If Mr. Chodorow's recent in-person comments to us are any indication, he may keep the joint open just to spite his friends at Eater (true). That bit aside, Kobe's primo 8:00 friday night table availability ain't a good sign. The Kobe Club Deatchwatch may prove a waiting game, but for those who wait, menu/price tweaks and a softening of the concept may well be in store.

Varietal
Status: DEATHWATCH
Time on the 'Watch: 4 weeks
Prognosis/Analysis: With Wayne Nish now in the kitchen, Varietal gets a second chance. But, Nish is a hired gun here and he's got his own restaurant, Nish, to worry about, so the situation at Varietal remains unstable, at best. But there's a small -- very small -- glimmer of hope: A Resy spot check indicates tonight is 7:15 or 9:30. On the other hand, bring in the defibrillator: tomorrow tables are available at 8:15.

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