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Cooklyn Is Closed; A New Restaurant May Soon Take Its Place [UPDATE]

The restaurant from a Michael White and Morimoto alum is closed.

Michael Tulipan

Prospect Heights restaurant Cooklyn has closed its doors. The restaurant's landlord, Mohmoud Widdi, confirmed that the restaurant at 659 Vanderbilt Ave. had its last night of service on Sunday, but he did not know if owner and chef Anthony Theocaropoulos —who's worked under Michael White, Masaharu Morimoto, and Mario Batali — planned on reopening or renovating. A tipster tells Eater that a completely new restaurant may be in the works for the space.

Cooklyn opened in 2014 with pastas, lamb buns, and classic American entrees like pork chop and New York strip. Theocaropoulos also planned to open an outpost of Cooklyn in Palm Beach last November, but the restaurant has yet to materialize. Eater has reached out to the restaurant and will update if they respond.

UPDATE: A Florida-based spokeswoman for Theocaropoulos says that the chef split ways with partners on the Prospect Heights restaurant a couple months ago and no longer has a role in that location. He's been focusing on opening Cooklyn Palm Beach, which is expected to open at the end of August. "Once it gets going, he's planning on going back to Brooklyn [in a different location], because that's where his roots are," she says.

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