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EaterWire: Work Begun at 66, Proof to Shutter, Le Madeleine Reopening and More!

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TRIBECA— Jean-Georges' restaurant 66 closed early last yearto make way for Vongerichten's new project, an outpost of the Japanese soba restaurant Matsu Gen. The latest report states he might be adding a Japanese mega mart to the building as well, but the place has been dormant for almost a year. That is until now. A tipster writes and an Eater spot check confirms that work has begun on the space. Workers have been going in and out painting has begun on the interior. [EaterWire]

GRAMERCY— Imbible is reporting that Proof, the bar on 3rd Avenue and 19th, is going to close this weekend: "An inside source tells us the building was sold and the bar's lease was bought out. As of now, the owners have no solid plans to open another bar, but they may be rolling out something new later this year." [Bottomless Dish]

MIDTOWN WEST—Gael Greene has the news that the owners of the recently shuttered French bistro Le Madeleine is trying to reopen in the former Rene Pujol space: "Toney Edwards who almost tumbled into bankruptcy fighting his landlord’s eviction after 28 years running Le Madeleine on West 43rd Street has cleared away most legal and financial hurdles and hopes to take over the lease at Rene Pujol at 321 West 51st and reopen the quirky French bistro by May 1...Rene Pujol, one of the last of many French bistros that once dotted theater-area side streets is 1000 sq. feet larger than Le Madeleine." [Gael Greene via Cutlets]

WEST VILLAGE—West Village italian spot dell'anima is adding brunch service. It's served family style, costs $18 a person and includes scrambled eggs, sausage, polenta, brocoli rabe, ricotta pancakes, and argula salad. [EaterWire]


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