Upper West Side Spanish restaurant Gastroarte (formerly known as Graffit) closed its doors last night. A sign in the window indicates that the restaurant is temporarily shuttered for "restoration," and Gastroarte is not accepting OpenTable reservations until the end of the month.
Eater hears from several reliable sources that there were some big personnel shifts at the restaurant recently. Chef and partner Jesus Nunez left a few weeks ago to start a brand new Spanish project in the West Village called Barraca. Apparently, there was also a massive staff walkout, because of issues with the new management. It's hard to imagine the restaurant reopening with the same concept if Nunez is no longer in the kitchen. Nunez's new project will open at 81 Greenwich Ave later this month.
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