Reservations went live this morning for Chumley's, the legendary West Village former-speakeasy and bar that has been revived by Sushi Nakazawa restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone as a restaurant. True to his word that it will open next month, tables are available from September 6th onwards via the restaurant's bare-bones website, which links to an OpenTable account. The new website describes Chumley's as an "American restaurant" but contains no further menu details. The chef is Victoria Blamey, formerly of Atera, and Borgognone has stated that the food will be "well executed classics" with a check average of $50, exclusive of drinks.
The old Chumley's, which had been open for nearly 80 years before closing, acted more as a bar than a restaurant. Borgognone, who admitted to never going to the previous iteration, called his revamp "Chumley's on steroids," with a new wallpaper, a new bar, portraits of writers, and book jacket covers of past regulars. The reopening of the bar comes after close to a decade of false starts.