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Taavo Somer on Isa's New 'Mediterranean Vision'

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Earlier today news broke that Taavo Somer, the owner of buzzy, eccentric Williamsburg restaurant Isa had let go of his kitchen staff, perhaps as a first step in a major revamp. Now Somer checks in to explain what to expect at Isa 2.0, which will include delivery, lunch, and some back of the house help from the Peels/Freemans team:

I always imagined ISA to be a casual, friendly, wood-fired place with Mediterranean cuisine that would be enjoyed by the neighborhood, families and friends, a few times a week. Expect to see things that take full advantage of the great grill and wood-fired oven we designed - grilled, charred, wood-roasted, smoked foods and kid friendly items too.

I’m excited to have our chef team behind Freemans and Peels, who all worked together at Barbuto for many years, in to join us in making this casual Mediterranean vision come to life. They also, just had their first baby, another new dad = ISA.

Later this summer, we’ll be adding LUNCH and delivery, and stay tuned for more fun news. With these upcoming changes, as of today chef Ignacio Mattos will no longer be working with us at ISA. We'll be closed for the next few days, but will have the CHANCES WITH WOLVES DANCE PARTY this Wednesday at 9pm, and re-open THIS THURSDAY for regular service.

So come dance, have a drink, just pop by and help celebrate the new HAPPIER, FUN ISA.
So it's not a burger joint, but expect more accessible food for the locals and their kids.
· Taavo Somer Clears Kitchen at Isa, Possibly for Revamp [~ENY~]
· Isa Temporarily Closes Amid Rumors of Staff Shake-Up [~ENY~]
Photo of Taavo Somer and business partner William Tigertt by Krieger]


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