— After a 15 year off-Broadway run, Angus' Cafe Bistro on West 44th Street closed its doors on Sunday. The Theatre District staple was backed by A-list investors including Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Mel Brooks, and Harvey Weinstein. A dispute between owner Angus McIndoe and his landlord caused the shutter.
Plz stop in to say goodbye before we close our doors permanently after dinner Sun Jan 3. Thank you for 15 never dull yrs! -A— cafe ANGUS' bistro (@angusmcindoe) January 2, 2016
— Spring Street Natural closed its namesake location on Saturday to prepare for its move to 98 Kenmare Street. After the rent reportedly quadrupled at 62 Spring Street, the restaurant was forced to find a new location. Following the move, the health-conscious restaurant will become known simply as Spring Natural. The new location is set to open mid-January.
— Chef/Owner Henry Meer closed his Tribeca restaurant City Hall after service on New Year's Eve. The chef explained to the Times that the cost of labor and goods proved to be too much for the Duane Street restaurant that was frequented by politicians and city commissioners. Meer is set to open a wine store in the Westfield World Trade Center mall in 2016.
— Michael White and Ahmass Fakahany closed their Soho steakhouse Costata after service on New Year's Eve. An announcement from the Altamarea Group notes that the team is looking for "alternative locations to re-open in the near future." Costata's steaks and sides will continue to be available via Caviar's delivery service.
— Power-lunch restaurant Brasserie closed after service on December 31 just as its lease was set to expire. For nearly 60 years Brasserie operated out of the iconic Seagram Building in Midtown. Aby Rosen, the buildings owner, is making major changes to Seagram's dining with the help of Major Food Group and $30 million. Brasserie's homepage thanks its guests for five decades of patronage.
— Queen of the Night — the dinner spectacular commissioned by Aby Rosen — had its final performance in the Diamond Horseshoe space under the Paramount Hotel on New Year's Eve. Producers of the show are currently searching for a new location and are confident to re-open in 2016.
— After nearly six years, chef/co-owner John DeLucie closed his restaurant The Lion on New Year's Eve. The restaurant was sold to the Apicii Group which manages the Cipriani catering halls as well as the forthcoming Beekman Hotel. No word on what the group plans to do with the space.
— After service on New Year's Eve, Acme began an extended break during which its new chef Brian Loiacono is revamping the menu. No word on a re-opening date, but when it does, Acme's menu will feature French and Italian-inspired cuisine. Acme's downstairs bar will stay open while the dining room is closed.