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The Campbell Apartment Gets the Boot, Kati Roll Moves Into Stage Space, and More Intel

Church Street Tavern bites the dust, plus more restaurant news and gossip from around NYC

[The exterior of The Leadbelly on the Lower East Side]
[The exterior of The Leadbelly on the Lower East Side]
Daniel Krieger

The Campbell Apartment lost its lease inside Grand Central Terminal. Operator Mark Grossich will close his swanky bar at the end of the month so that nightlife heavy hitter Scott Gerber can move in. Grossich took over the space in 1999 and spent $2 million renovating the room, which was once the office of millionaire William Campbell. Grossich had been negotiating with the MTA to sign a new lease on the space, but he was outbid by Gerber. The Campbell Apartment restaurateur decided to sue the MTA, but he ultimately lost the court battle. The MTA handed him a 30-day eviction note this week.

The Campbell Apartment is one of the only establishments in New York that still has a strict dress code, but the new operator will likely do away with that formality. Gerber tells the Post: "[I]t’s also OK for a guy or a girl to be in jeans or a T-shirt. That’s OK too. That’s the way people live." He plans to install a marble bar, new kitchen equipment, and different lighting. No word yet on when Gerber’s iteration of the bar will make its debut.

The owners of The Kati Roll Company are planning to open a new outpost of the mini-chain in the Second Avenue space that previously housed cherished greasy spoon Stage Restaurant. The team applied for a beer and wine license in the tiny space.

— The teams from Dante, The Meatball Shop, The Lucky Bee, and Delicatessen will be serving meals aboard the 158-foot long schooner Clipper City on select Mondays this summer. Tickets for these cruise dinners are $100. The first dinner, featuring an Italian Riviera-inspired menu from Dante, is on July 11. Tickets can be purchased on the Manhattan By Sail homepage.

Nick Perkins, a longtime veteran of the Andrew Tarlow empire, is planning to open a new restaurant later this year in the Bed-Stuy space that previously housed Willow. The chef tells DNAinfo: "I’ve cooked in neighborhood restaurants all my culinary life and I’m just excited to open one of my own. We’re looking forward to being good neighbors." He most recently worked as the sous chef at Reynard.

— Restaurateur Sean Cunningham applied for a liquor license application in the old Cercle Rouge space on West Broadway. Presumably, this is the same Sean Cunningham that’s behind Brass Monkey in the MePa. No word yet on what type of food this new establishment will serve.

Pizza Rat’s friend Pizza Squirrel was spotted in Prospect Park yesterday:

Church Street Tavern is dunzo. The bar and grill replaced Morimoto’s dual flops Tribeca Canvas and Bisoturo two years ago. A restaurant auction at the space is scheduled for later today.

— The owners of Bari Restaurant Equipment just purchased two buildings next to the massive pizzeria supply shop on the Bowery.

— After a noise war with the people of Southampton, the new outpost of Jue Lan Club is no longer allowed to host loud outdoor parties on its deck. A rep for the restaurant tells Page Six that the team will offer "an exclusive late-night lounge experience inside the restaurant."

Jamie Rogers, the owner of Pushcart Coffee, is now the chairperson of the Community Board 3.

Cheap Astoria diner Doral Donut Shop is now closed.

— Last night, Soviet-themed downtown cocktail parlor Pravda served its last drinks. Owner James Huddleston will reopen the space as a new bar later this year.

— And finally, here's an ode to the hamburger at Joe Jr. from Eater's resident carnivore Nick Solares:

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