Chef David Waltuck and George Stinson will close Élan this Saturday, they announced in an email today. The restaurant was expected to close at the end of February, but it was apparently extended by two weeks. The year-and-a-half old Flatiron restaurant from the former Chanterelle chef received varying praise from critics — Pete Wells gave it two stars in the Times, while Eater critic Ryan Sutton was less taken by its charms and awarded it one star.
The problem was one of simple economics, according to an interview Waltuck gave to the Times last month: The restaurant was not able to build up enough of a regular clientele. For the final two services, the restaurant will offer a three-course prix fix menu, with a glass of sparkling wine included, for $40. Additionally, there is a 20 percent discount on the entire wine list.