Throughout the whole will-it-close won't-it close debacle with Greenwich Village institution Caffe Dante, there were persistent rumors that the 100 year old cafe was changing hands but would reopen as is. That no longer seems to be in the cards, reports DNAinfo. An application on file with the community board says the cafe will be replaced by a small plates restaurant courtesy of Linden Pride, a former AvroKO (PUBLIC, Gotham West) exec and chef Noriyuki Sugie, an alum of Charlie Palmer and Asiate.
The application promises: "a focus on clean, healthy eating. Think hand-to-mouth, antipasti, a range of crudos (kingfish, scallop, ocean trout), small dishes, oysters and seasonal flatbreads." To drink, there will be the "world's best" G&T made with grapefruit and earl grey "mist." In other words, a trendy restaurant exactly like every other trendy restaurant. The restaurant, which is still unnamed, is slated to open late spring. Stay tuned.