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Michelin-Starred Health-Conscious Restaurant Rouge Tomate to Reopen in the Flatiron

After being forced to close its enormous Upper East Side home this summer, Rouge Tomate will replace a roofing company on 18th Street.

The original Rouge Tomate on the Upper East Side
The original Rouge Tomate on the Upper East Side

Rouge Tomate, the Michelin-starred health-focused restaurant that closed its sprawling 288-seat dining room at 10 East 60th Street in August, has found a new bi-level home in the Flatiron at 126-8 West 18th St., the longtime site of Nagel Roofing. "They signed a lease with me,'' confirms Richard Nagel, whose roofing company has occupied the space since 1957.

Rachel Palczynski, Rouge Tomate's general manager, says they are not sure whether the name will remain the same or not, but "It will be more intimate," (even though it's still two floors) and "the food will definitely still be healthy.'' Mr. Nagel predicts that the conversion from roofing company to restaurant should take about 8 months, but the restaurant itself has yet to weigh in on that timeline.