For over a year, rumors have been floating around about the possible shuttering or relocation of Keith McNally's beloved Meatpacking District restaurant, Pastis. The owners of the building recently partnered with Aurora Capital Associates with plans to completely renovate the space, and expand it to six floors. A recent rendering of their plan showed no restaurant on the ground floor.
Now it seems that McNally and the developers are trying to work out a deal to keep Pastis where it is. Aurora's VP tells the Daily News: "We'd be happy to have them stay. We'll try to give them a [rent] break and be gentle." And Mr. McNally tells the Post: "As far as Pastis is concerned, I have a very harmonious relationship with the landlord, and we're working on a new lease together."
Pastis is one of the only good things about the Meatpacking District. Let's hope that McNally figures this thing out.
· Fashion's Invasion of the MePa Could Bring Changes for Pastis [NYDN]
· Pastis Hopes to Stay Put [NYP]
· All Coverage of Pastis [~ENY~]