Bleecker Street charmer August is closing after service this weekend. An employee at the restaurant explains that the landlord spiked the rent by 200 percent and the owners decided to close and look to reopen elsewhere. According to the August staffer, "everything is up in the air" right now, although it sounds very likely that the owners will open something else in the neighborhood. With the shuttering of Manatus earlier this summer, August was actually the only restaurant left on Bleecker Street between Christopher and West 11th streets (if you don't count Magnolia Bakery). And now that August is closing, that is just a stretch of boutiques.
Andrew Chapman and Jason Hennings opened August back in 2004 with chef Tony Liu, who would later work at Morandi and Pulino's. A number of talented people worked in the kitchen after Liu, including Terrence Gallivan, Jordan Frosolone, and current chef Josh Eden. Chapman is the co-founder and partner of the Marcus Samuelsson Group. That company operated the restaurant for a number of years, but now there is no mention of August on the group's website.
August will be open to the public through Saturday, and then the restaurant will close for good after a private event on Sunday.
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