Porchetta, one of the pioneers of the single menu item-focused restaurant genre, is now closed. Co-owner Matt Lindemulder tells EV Grieve: "We are not permanently shut just moving. We have not yet found the right location yet but we are exploring a couple of options and are looking forward to getting up and running as soon as possible." Apparently, one of the spaces that Lindemulder and chef/co-owner Sara Jenkins are eyeing is also in the East Village.
The roast pork sandwich shop opened on East Seventh Street right at the start of the economic collapse in fall 2008. New York’s Rob Patronite put it on his list of the best restaurants of 2009, and the shop often had lines out the door during its first few years in business. The $15 porchetta plate, with roasted pork, craklins, beans, and greens, remained one of the best solo meal deals in downtown Manhattan. Sara Jenkins also operates Porsena and Extra Bar down the block, and the Porchetta team can often be found at Smorgasburg and other food markets. Stay tuned for more details on the future of Porchetta as they become available.