Sad news for fans of Drew Nieporent's Mexican concept, Centrico: the restaurant is closing to make way for a "new American public house" called Distilled NY. Nieporent sold the space to restaurateurs Nick Iovacchini, Chris Eddy, and Shane Lyons, who plan to open the new bar and restaurant next winter. Centrico's chef Aaron Sanchez tells Flo Fab that he wants to open another Mexican restaurant in NYC at some point in the future.
It's unclear if Centrico will return after a summer break, or if it's just closed for good. The restaurant's OpenTable account is still active, and the outgoing message notes that Centrico is closed through the holiday weekend.
UPDATE: Nieporent tells Eater:
It was a fantastic experience for me. I've had this as Layla and Centrico, and I've had a terrific experience with Aaron. But guess what happened? Three young guys are chomping at the bit. They offered something that we thought was the right thing to do.· Off The Menu [DJ]
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