Just two months ago, restaurateur Ellen Kay partnered with former Barramundi operator Tony Powe on a revamp of Moscow57 called Kapowski's. Kaye — whose parents owned the Russian Tea Room at one point — closed the restaurant this week as the financial stress proved to be too much, Flo Fab reports. The idea for a Russian project was first announced by Kaye in 2011. She eventually settled on 168 1/2 Delancey St., and opened Moscow57 in 2014.
On August 1 of this year, Moscow57 closed to make way for the opening of Kapowski's where they brought on chef Nikita Ponomarev to create its Russian and Central Asian small plates menu. No word yet on whether the partners plan to re-open as Kapowski's when they find a new location, or if they will once again change their concept.