The end of August is when a lot of New York restaurants take breaks either for vacations or renovations. Here's a roundup of notable bars and restaurants that are currently closed for renovations and revamps, with information about what to expect when they reopen:
[Circolo by Emma Kestler]
Noho: Circolo is taking the week off, but an employee at the restaurant says that it will reopen on Tuesday night as Circolo 45, and it will have a new menu and new branding. Earlier this week, Gael Greene tweeted: "Circolo on Bond St. closes Thursday for a white, orange & grey tufted banquette redo, opens Tuesday Sept 3 with more classic Italian menu."
Upper West Side: Telepan is currently getting a revamp from Evan and Oliver Haslegrave's Home design company. The team from Home is working on the lighting, the floors, and the banquettes, and the room will have a different color palette when it reopens, too. It will reopen on September 6.
Nolita: Botanica Bar closed a few weeks ago for renovations, and now word on the street is that it's getting ready to reopen tonight. Bowery Boogie stopped by earlier this week: "That dark dive decor is now a thing of the past, instead replaced with something seemingly befitting its upstairs relative, Estela."
[db Bistro Moderne, courtesy of the restaurant]
Midtown: db Bistro Moderne closed on August 11 for a complete redesign of the space from Jeffrey Beers. The new layout will include a full cocktail bar — previously, the space only had a service bar. When it reopens, db Bistro will also have a new menu from Vetri alum Jim Burke, who is now the restaurant's executive chef. In a statement about the revamp, Boulud notes: "We are looking forward to [introducing] the new menu, blending our inspiration from French traditional bistro dishes, with the vibrant, seasonal-market offerings of New York...Our menu will be punctuated as well by spice, seasoning and flavor of the ethnic influences of this city." It will reopen towards the end of next month.
Flatiron District: Prandial closed after one year in business, but the same owners are going to open a new restaurant in the space called 1200 miles. This will be a New American restaurant, and the menu will have North African and French influences. The owners hope to open it in September.
[JoeDoe by Emma Kestler]
East Village: JoeDoe closed last week, but Joe Dobias and Jill Schuster plan to reopen the space next month as Joe and MissesDoe, a "blue-plate-special spot," with a menu that will include things like French dip dumplings and duck confit tacos. The space will feature a retro "food & drink" marquee sign and kitschy decor.
Tribeca: Masaharu Morimoto is partnering with Macao Trading Co.'s Patrick Fahey and Emmanuelle LaSalle Hill and Tommy Hill of Los Americanos on a revamp of Tribeca Canvas. This iteration of the space will be called Canvas, and it will have a new menu and a different design. It's slated to open next month.
West Village: The main dining room at Red Farm is closed for three to four weeks of renovations. But in the meantime, Joe Ng and Ed Schoenfeld are doing a pop-up called Red Farm Steak in the new street-level space.
And, as noted earlier today, both locations of Mile End are currently closed for renovations, but they will both reopen tomorrow with new menu items and new hours.