Back in July, signage at long Deathwatched West Village restaurant Paris Commune announced a two month-long summer vacation. Last week, both the vacation signage and the menus in the outdoor menu box were removed. Now word on the street is some very big names are considering taking over the space.
A construction worker at 99 Bank St. told Eater today that "a lot of people" have been in and out of the space for the past few weeks looking to open a restaurant, and a number of commenters chime in to say that sceney Mexican spot La Esquina already signed the lease on the space (something reps have yet to confirm). It would not be the craziest of ideas, given the restaurant is in expansion mode.
But, there may be another contender for the space.
A West Village tipster writes, "Yesterday when coming home from work a girl was outside the space saying that the owners of Scarpetta were trying to get the space and had a petition to sign to show community support for their liquor license. The girl said it was to be a more 'casual' version of Scarpetta." Scott Conant says he has no intention of opening a Scarpetta there. Whether he opens another concept is yet to be seen (his reps "can't confirm at this time"). Needless to say, Paris Commune ain't coming back.
Update: La Esquina's reps say: "La Esquina currently does not have plans to open a new outpost in the Paris Commune space."
· Paris Commune Takes Two Month Summer Vacay [~ENY~]
[Photo: The empty menu box at Paris Commune]