Pillar & Plough, a sprawling and somewhat chic subterranean restaurant within the newly opened Hotel Willliamsburg serving "neighborhood food" from the former head chef at L'atelier de Joel Robuchon, is closed after just two months in business. A reservationist at the hotel says the restaurant space will be closed for at least a few weeks, while a tipster reports it's done for good.
Why so soon? The place didn't exactly pull in the press or the crowds, but early feedback indicated it wasn't terrible. But let's not forget that King & Grove, the operators of Surf Lodge and Ruschmeyer's, are said to be buying the whole hotel from its current operators Graves Hospitality. One source believes the shutter is related to a standstill in the negotiations.
Update: A statement today from Graves Hospitality confirms the pending sale: "Hotel Williamsburg & Residences at McCarren Park, developed by KSK Construction Group and Minneapolis-based development and management company Graves Hospitality Corporation, has experienced great success with all units being sold prior to the hotel opening on November 1, 2011.
While the developers' long-term goal was to operate the property and its signature restaurant, Pillar & Plough indefinitely, the overwhelming praise of this high-profile project attracted a non-solicited offer to purchase the property at a very favorable price.
Although the sale is not finalized, the property is under contract to be purchased. As a result, Graves Hospitality has been instructed to close Pillar & Plough as of today. Since opening, Pillar & Plough has received great reviews and success; it is with regret that we are closing the doors.
The sales agreement is pending and not yet finalized. Reservations at the hotel will remain status quo and open for business as usual."