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David Rabin Exits Los Dados as Mari Vanna Team Takes Over

Yesterday, club owner and nightlife advocate David Rabin sent out an email to friends and associates to announce his break with the Meatpacking Mexican restaurant he opened in 2007, Los Dados. Actually the divorce took place over a year ago, back when chef Sue Torres left the restaurant, but Rabin kept the situation under wraps with the hope he would get back into the business last fall. This news will come as no surprise to those who recall that the place slowly transformed into a sports bar in November.

It's unclear exactly what the restaurant will become once it reopens—it has been closed for a few weeks with a sign on the door reading "Ferme pour renovation"—but sources reveal the Ginza Project, the owners of several restaurants in Russia and New York's one year-old Russian restaurant Mari Vanna, now own the space. For those interested, Rabin's letter is below.

Dear Friends,

This is an email that's overdue for about 15 months but I guess the eternal optimist in me foolishly kept me from writing it.

For various reasons we ceased having any operational control at Los Dados in November of 2008 (around the same time Sue left) and by March 2009 had sold our shares back to the investors.

I held out hope that somehow we'd have another crack at it and in early Fall of 2009 we were approached to get back involved in a consulting/marketing capacity. I gave it a shot in October and November but found that we were still just not on the same page and there was too much of a disconnect for me to actively re-market Los Dados as our own.

We probably should have announced all this back when it first occurred but we didn't want to in any way hurt the business and wanted to maintain a friendly relationship with our former partners. We have no idea what their plans are for the future of Los Dados but we wish them luck with one of the great corners in NYC.

For those of you who have continued to go to Los Dados and wondered where I've been, that's the story. We appreciate the loyalty and look forward to seeing you at a few new things we have coming in the next 3 to 9 months.

· Los Dados Goes Sports Bar [~ENY~]

Los Dados

73 Gansevoort St., New York, NY