Looks like food television personality Anne Burrell is planning a comeback to the New York restaurant scene. The chef has teamed up with West Village bar Daddy-O owner Phillip Casaceli for an American small plates restaurant at 196 Smith St. in Cobble HIll, according to DNAinfo. According to a presentation given to a local community board in a liquor license request, Burrell's love for the restaurant world is "a passion that never left her." The new restaurant would be a neighborhood place "with food that feeds your soul," according to the presentation.
The spiky-haired chef has been prolific on television for years, and her time on screen with shows like "Worst Cooks in America" eventually took over most of her time. She left her chef job at the now-shuttered West Village restaurant Centro Vinoteca back in 2008, and though there have been talks of new restaurants, she hasn't popped up much in New York kitchens since then. (Burrell's wife, Resto chef Koren Grieveson, has been more active.) The community board's liquor liquor license committee recommended approval for Burrell's new restaurant in the former Char No. 4 space, DNAinfo reports, and a full board will vote later this month, a decision that's advisory to the State Liquor Authority. Burrell's team did not immediately have a comment.