On Tuesday, chef Matteo Boglione revealed that he shut down his 10 month-old modern, and somewhat oddball, Italian restaurant Il Matto over the weekend. He said this was not the last we've seen of him, but didn't mention that he's actually keeping the space.
According to the Tribeca Citizen's minutes from last night's Community Board 1 meeting, Boglione and his lawyer appeared to pitch a more financial feasible restaurant. The original application called for a DJ, which the team dropped after meeting with community members earlier this week, and late closing hours, which the committee shot down last night. Beyond that, it's unclear what their new business model is but Boglione's lawyer did offer these statements on why it failed: "The whole room didn’t work...If you’ve ever been there, you know what I’m talking about. It was designed by Matteo’s Italian designer friends, who I’m sure know how to design Italian furniture showrooms." He later said, "Gian [Perugini] and his father will be taking a much more active role. Before, Matteo was distracted." Owie.
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