Elise Kornack and Anna Hieronimus's Michelin-starred Take Root, the most expensive restaurant in South Brooklyn, will close on August 2 for renovations, with a projected reopening in September. The owners, who are married, plan on doing some painting, as well as putting in a new bathroom, a new bar, and new shelving. The length of the menu will remain the same, at around 11 courses, as will the price, at $120, though Kornack might add a shared supplement to the tasting for $25. That add-on will likely be a protein, which currently only makes up about one to three courses on the vegetable-heavy menu.
Kornack tells Eater that while she and Hieronimus had begun talks on expansion last winter, which included plans to add staff and seats, those changes ended up not being feasible, as the back room of the Carroll Gardens space, which operates as the restaurant's wine room and office, is zoned residentially, and not commercially. As such, Take Root will continue to offer just a single seating per night, on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Kornack and Hieronimus are the only two staffers at the 12-seat restaurant.
For those who want a proper dose of Take Root during the hiatus, Kornack will be collaborating with Iliana Regan of Chicago's Michelin-starred Elizabeth on Sunday, August 23, at Zak Pelaccio's Fish & Game in Hudson, New York. "We haven't completely ironed out the menu or any other details," Kornack says, "but a couple of dishes that Iliana and I have tossed around are pickled skate and vegetable ash buckwheat noodles." Kornack also says she might put one or two snacks to the menu. Tickets for the dinner, at $150 per person, are available via Fish & Game's website.