The Upper West Side just lost a bit of its culinary soul. Bill Telepan sends word that last night was the final service at his excellent farm-to-table restaurant, Telepan. The chef explains: "Like most restaurants, we operate with very small margins. As our costs go up each year and our revenue has not kept pace, we have been operating at a loss and cannot sustain the business." In a note to customers, Telepan thanks his "amazing staff, many of whom have been here since the very beginning." The chef has not announced any future plans, but he says he's "exploring opportunities," and he's still working with the Wellness in the Schools initiative.
Situated on the ground floor of a townhouse on 69th Street, Telepan served market-driven New American food in a quiet, comfortable space. The restaurant received two stars from the Times shortly after it opened, and the Michelin Guide gave it a star rating in every guide released over the last three years. Back in 2014, Telepan launched a Tribeca small plates restaurant, Telepan Local, but it shuttered after less than a year in business.
In an interview with Eater from 2013, Telepan stressed the importance of knowing the neighborhood: "Get to know them, and over time, they will know that they can call in with short notice and make it in. So, I have a large base of regular customers, a good chunk of which don't make reservations until the very last moment." And in his farewell message, the chef notes: "We will miss being part of the neighborhood, and we are so grateful to our loyal customers, many of whom have become our friends."