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Freemans' Taavo Somer Eyes Antonioni's Space for 'French New Wave' Restaurant

Somer's pairing up with co-owner of The Smile Carlos Quirarte.

Antonioni's orange safari wallpaper won't be sticking around.
Antonioni's orange safari wallpaper won't be sticking around.
Daniel Krieger

Freemans co-owner Taavo Somer is planning to expand his empire on Rivington. He and Carlos Quirarte, a co-owner of The Smile, are eyeing the recently shuttered Antonioni's space, reports Bowery Boogie. The pair submitted an application to Community Board 3 for a 16 table "French New Wave health food" restaurant (whatever that means) under the name Swiss White Int'l LLC. The space is pretty much in Freemans' front yard, and was already given a liquor license for Antonioni's, so Somer and Quirarte likely won't have any problems getting approval from the SLA. Say goodbye to that orange safari wallpaper.

Antonioni's

177 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002 646-998-3407