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Deathwatch: Gin Lane

Gin Lane, the West 14th Street restaurant that's pushing old world cocktails at a 100-year old oak bar, turned a year last month, a birthday that, because it is the last for so many a new restaurant, automatically gets it a look from the Deathwatch Committee. At twelve months, Gin Lane having not ever taken real hold of the MePa scene, has a big time problem. An expensive build out combined with must be an artificially high, MePa-vicinity rent and very few customers has got to be leaving a mark. But let's go straight to the full disclosure on this one: we know for a fact it's shutting down for an overhaul, according to a variety of chefs, operators and owners who have had a management deal for the space offered to them. We're rooting for Sam Talbot to helm the place in its next life, if only because his fan club is the best looking. Over/Under: Tomorrow.

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