A spokesperson from China Grill denied the impending closing to Eater in late-January, claiming that the Post got the address wrong. The chain has been downsizing since at least 2012, when it shuttered locations in Miami and Las Vegas. Remaining China Grill locations are in Dubai and Mexico City.
The high-priced, power-brokers spot specialized in food that was “a relic of the fusion-crazed nineties,” reads New York Magazine from the early 2000s. “This lynchpin in Jeffrey Chodorow’s restaurant empire may not be as hot as it was in its prime, but it still retains some of its original edge.”
Salt Bae, of course, is perhaps the most viral meme of 2017, that started with his mesmerizing video, a display of his flamboyant meat-slicing and expert salt-sprinkling skills, inspiring fans across the world to imitate his signature move and create tributes to him. Some are making pilgrimages to his restaurant, including Leonardo DiCaprio — even if he may have already jumped the shark.
Gökçe, the son of a mine worker who began his career as a butcher’s apprentice, in an interview with the Hurriyet Daily News has said of his moves, “I was blessing the meat.”
Gökçe opened his first restaurant in 2010. Today, he has five steakhouses — primarily in Turkey, one in Dubai— and two burger restaurants. Stay tuned for updates on the New York location for Nusr-et.