Today the WSJ reports that five-year-old Williamsburg venue Rose Live Music will close at the end of February. Along with the performance space upstairs, Vutera, the small, charming and affordable Mediterranean-inspired restaurant in the basement will also shutter. Both operations were owned by brother and sister team Carlo and Gina Vutera.
Both the lounge and dining room were something unique for the neighborhood, as neither were overtly trendy or expensive. The food was generally solid downstairs and the upstairs space always hosted a wide variety of different musicians, not just guys in skinny jeans. The Vuteras say that there's a chance that the venue could live on if the right owner came along. But for now, they'll be ceasing day-to-day operations at the end of the month, and renting out the space for parties until it is sold. Carlo, a former opera singer, may go and pursue a musical career of his own.
Update: Carlo Vutera writes in: "We thrive in the neighborhood and are very supportive and supported by our colleagues. Rose and Vutera are both doing well, this is our best year so far...the reasons for closing are personal and unrelated to the financial aspect of the business."
· A Month-Long Farewell for Rose Live Music [WSJ]
· All Vutera Coverage [~ENY~]