When beloved 100-year-old Village institution Caffe Dante shuttered in March, reports at the time indicated that owner Mario Flotta had sold the storefront to "an Australian restaurant group." And now it appears that those reports were correct, because the space has reopened under the stewardship of former AvroKo exec Linden Pride. The restaurateur and his team claim that they wanted to "preserve the history of the restaurant," while giving the space some modern updates and a few European details.
Certainly the place looks the part with a tin ceiling, checkered floor, and cream colored banquettes accented with British racing green trim. The original hand-painted window signs and distinctive facade also remain. The menu from Charlie Trotter and Asiate alum Noriyuki Sugie includes a selection crudo, cheeses, and flatbread. Cocktails are by Naren Young (Saxon + Parole, PUBLIC, The Daily) and the list includes a selection of aperitivos and Champagne drinks. Dante is open daily at 5 p.m., with breakfast, lunch, and afternoon dining coming soon. Look at the menus below and the revamped room in the slideshow above: