Almost four-and-a-half months after Hurricane Sandy, the outlook for many New York area restaurants most affected by the storm is still very much up in the air. In the last month, a handful of restaurateurs have stated unequivocally that they will not reopen, most notably in the case of Governor in Dumbo and Barbarini Alimentari in the South Street Seaport, though in the latter case one-half of the ownership team plans to open a new restaurant on their own.
This list has been updated with the latest intel on the permanently closed restaurants and will continue to be updated until restaurants stop closing because of Sandy-related damage or costs. There are a number of places, like the Pearl Street Zigolini's or Antica Venezia in the West Village, whose phone lines and websites are down but that, without absolute confirmation, will not be added to this list. Anyone with additional intel, especially from under-covered places like the Rockaways or Staten Island, should please hit the tipline or the comments.
· Governor: announced this weekend it would not return
· Sequoia NY: from a post on its (now-deleted) Facebook page: "After the damage from Hurricane Sandy and our lease coming to an end, the decision has been made to close Sequoia a little earlier than intended." Sequoia's website is also down.
· Barbarini Alimentari: will not reopen in the Seaport
· Almondine, Park Slope: the Park Slope outlet of Hervé Pousset's Dumbo bakery has been put on the market, though the Dumbo location is back up-and-running.
· Kasadela: will not reopen
Added February 6:
· Cha Cha's: the Coney Island stalwart says it's officially closed
· Good Burger, Maiden Lane: closed for good, will become a location of the P.J. Clarke's spinoff Clarke's Standard
· Boom: this Soho spot shuttered after sustaining $100,000 in kitchen damage
Added February 19:
· The space housing Salud Tapas in the South Street Seaport is now for rent.
Added March 12:
· The website and Facebook page for Red in the South Street Seaport are both down, and a tweet from February confirms it will not reopen.
· The Maiden Lane location of Pret A Manger has been removed from the chain's website and appears done for good.
· Back in November, Boom in Soho shuttered, with owner Rocco Ancarola telling the Post it was due in part to Sandy damage and in part to a rent hike.
· Also in Soho, Ideya Latin Bistro shuttered after the storm. Owner Lauren Small writes on the restaurant's website that rising rent and maintenance fees led to the shutter, while "[t]he closure of Ideya for 4 days due to an emergency boiler repair followed by 6 days of closure due to the power outage caused from Storm Sandy has made it impossible to remain in business."