Perilla on Jones Street closed for good after service on Saturday night. Last month, chef Harold Dietele announced plans to shutter his first restaurant with partner Alicia Nosenzo, as well as their Thai establishment Kin Shop. Harold and Alicia also closed their third restaurant, The Marrow around this time last year. Kin Shop's final service was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Perilla opened in May 2007 with a menu of New American fare with Asian accents. Although Dieterle was the first Top Chef alum to open a restaurant, he downplayed his involvement with the show from the beginning — it wasn't mentioned anywhere on the website or the business plan. The restaurant got generally favorable reviews when it first opened.
Almost 9 years in a blink of an eye. Tonight we celebrate you, our beloved supportive guests and say goodbye. Thank you!— PerillaNYC (@PerillaNYC) December 5, 2015
Dieterle recently told Ryan Sutton: "I'm really proud of what we've done. It's all kind of run its course....It's gotten to the point where I'm not having fun and enjoying myself. I'm not saying I never want to return to the restaurant business, but right now, I'm feeling a little beat up and a little tired." Deiterle also recently mentioned that he'd "like to maybe do some consulting work and perhaps eventually get into a fast casual concept," but the chef has not announced any immediate plans yet.