A tipster sends word that Paul Liebrandt's first foray into Brooklyn, his Williamsburg restaurant The Elm, will close on Sunday. An employee at the restaurant confirms that the restaurant will indeed shut down after dinner service this Sunday, but says
it's only for a few months so that the space can undergo renovations. It's unclear what these renovations will entail, especially since the restaurant is less than two years old, but Eater has reached out to representatives to find out exactly what kind of revamp is in store, and how long it might take. In the meantime, Liebrandt, who has emphasized that the restaurant in the McCarren Hotel was "never meant to be about me," has plenty of other projects in the air, including a fine dining restaurant that he's been hinting at for years.
UPDATE 4:26 p.m.: A representative tells Eater that the restaurant will not in fact, be closing just for renovations, but for good. Sunday is the last night of service for the restaurant. It will eventually be replaced by another restaurant, but no word yet on what it will be. Here's the full statement:
The Elm's closure is a continuation of the rebranding of the property into McCarren Hotel & Pool. The Elm was a great project and Chelsea Hotels is proud of what it has been able to accomplish. We are exploring new food and beverage partners and hope to share that information soon. Room service and dining options will continue in the interim.
The restaurant opened to an enormous amount of buzz in July of 2013, and was not only Paul Liebrandt's first venture into Brooklyn, but also the restaurant he left Corton for. Nonetheless, business has quieted down in recent months, which may go some way towards explaining the closure.