Chef Tom Colicchio is closing his eponymous restaurant Colicchio & Sons after spending about a decade running restaurants in the West Chelsea space. The celebrity chef announced on Twitter early this morning that the restaurant at 85 10th Ave. will be closing on September 4th. Colicchio & Sons opened in 2010 — a rebrand after his pricey steakhouse Craftsteak lost steam during the recession. The steakhouse spent about four years in the space before people stopped going in for $100 steaks, Colicchio said at the time.
6 years and 3 stars later Colicchio&Sons will serve its last dinner on September 4th. Big thanks to our loyal fans and our amazing team.— Tom Colicchio (@tomcolicchio) August 18, 2016
Colicchio & Sons faced a mixed bag of reviews from local diners, with people saying dishes were hit or miss and overly fussy. But the Times’ Sam Sifton eventually awarded Colicchio three stars in 2010: "His restaurant isn’t perfect. But it is exciting. And the food is terrifically good." And Eater critic Ryan Sutton, then writing for Bloomberg, similarly found the tasting menu to be one of the best of its time. Still, the chef and Top Chef judge eventually brought prices down. After a slowdown in business in 2014, he lowered the cost and portion sizes.
It’s not yet clear whether Colicchio will pivot again in the big restaurant space, which had both a formal dining room and a more casual one up front. He’s currently working on a big restaurant called Fowler and Wells in the Financial District, at the historic Beekman Hotel. Eater has reached out to Colicchio and will update with any new information.