Einat Admony's newest restaurant Combina will close this Sunday after just six months open in Soho. The restaurant's OpenTable no longer takes reservations after Sunday, and the reservationist is offering tables at Admony's other restaurants, Bar Bolonat and Balaboosta, to people who had already made plans at Combina after this weekend. Admony says basic business factors drove the decision. Rent at the 330 West Broadway corner space was double that of Bar Bolonat and Balaboosta, and not enough people went to the restaurant to keep up with the cost. "You need to be packed all day long in order to make money there," she says. "It's a simple business decision."
Combina, a restaurant with Israeli and Spanish-inspired small plates, opened in November. Based on the success of Admony's other restaurants, it was one of the fall's most-anticipated openings. Eater critic Robert Sietsema found in his first look at the restaurant that Admony was "relaxing and having fun" with the blend of food there. The chef says she loved the space — even though people warned her it was jinxed — and the food at Combina. But the kitchen was small and could be limiting. "I need to put my business decisions before my ego and cut the loss and bleed before it's too late," she says.
Still, the shutter isn't discouraging Admony from thinking about new projects. She already has an idea of what kind of restaurant she wants to do next. "I have one thing I have been thinking about for years," she says. "I have been dreaming dreaming dreaming, it's something I crave to eat." She says it's still too early to say much, so stay tuned for what's next in the works for the chef.