Three months after Paul Liebrandt's Williamsburg restaurant the Elm closed its doors in the McCarren Hotel (fka King & Grove), its replacement is finally being announced. A representative tells Eater that Joe Carroll, the restaurateur behind Williamsburg staples like Fette Sau and St. Anselm, is teaming up with Francesco Panella, of local sceney celeb favorite Antica Pesa, to do all the food and beverage for the hotel. That will entail not only filling the old Elm space, but also running the rooftop bar/lounge dining venue currently being held-down but an in-house concept, Sheltering Sky.
The restaurant is slated to open in late May, while the rooftop bar should debut later this summer (presumably to give them time to swap out Sheltering Sky after the restaurant opens). The concept for this restaurant is still being kept under wraps, but given the diverse expertise of the two restaurateurs, it really could be anything. Just hope that Carroll will lend his meat expertise, and Panella will bring the beautiful people.