Keith McNally is planning to close his youngest New York restaurant, Pulino's, at the beginning of January for a complete overhaul. The space will reopen in March as a new French restaurant called Cherche Midi. Here are all the details about the revamp, from Sir Keith himself:
From Keith McNally:
Through no one's fault but my own Pulino's hasn't fully worked and I've decided to change it quite radically. The restaurant will close for extended alterations the first week of January and reopen in the middle of March. It will reopen as a small French restaurant called Cherche Midi and the chefs will be Shane Mcbride (currently executive chef of Balthazar) and Daniel Parilla (currently head sous chef of Minetta Tavern). Shane will be the Executive Chef of Cherche Midi and Daniel the Chef de Cuisine. Both are extremely excited to begin on the project.Pulino's opened in March of 2010. The restaurant never really clicked with the critics, and opening chef Nate Appleman left in November of 2010. His replacement, Tony Liu, turned out really great, rustic Italian fare, but the restaurant was never quite as popular as McNally's other establishments. You have two and a half months to pay your last visit.
In 33 years I've never had to close a restaurant. So on the plus side I'll finally be first at something.
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