Rumors that the end is near for Keith McNally's Pastis have been circulating for almost a year now. McNally has adamantly denied these rumors in the past, but new information regarding a full renovation of the building suggests that the 13-year-old Meatpacking restaurant could be forced to vacate the space soon.
The Post Reports today that the owners of 9-11 Ninth Avenue, where Pastis is the ground floor tenant, have partnered with Aurora Capital Associates to renovate the building and the one next to it. According to the article, the two low-rises will become a "108,000 square-foot office and flagship retail property," with roughly "100,000 square feet of available air rights that will be used to add another five or six floors." The article does not specifically mention Pastis but a post-renovation image of the corner space is noticeably restaurant-less. Grub Street also hears from an employee of the restaurant group that McNally was told, "You either need to buy the building...or you have to get out by November."
Eater has reached out to McNally, but there's still no word yet on his plans for the space.
· Pastis Building Gets Tasty Redo [NYP]
· Is Keith McNally's Pastis Closing in the Meatpacking District? [GS]
· Previous Coverage of Pastis [~ENY~]
[Photo: Post-Renovation Image of Pastis Building]