As The Martignetti brothers have been building a mini empire uptown, they’ve decided to shutter their original downtown spots/pickup bars on June 24: Southside which opened in 2007 and Brinkley’s which debuted in 2008. The two bars functioned as veritable meat markets, usually packed with financial types on the hunt.
“We’ve had a good twelve year run and we made a lot of friends, but we are moving on and Anthony and I want to focus on expanding our other restaurant brands,’’ says Tom Martignetti. “It’s always better to leave on a high note. We will be here for another couple of weeks if anyone wants to come say goodbye.’’
The founders of Broome Street Hospitality still run a handful of Manhattan restaurants — including The East Pole which they opened in 2013 with Fat Radish partners Ben Towill and Phil Winser; as well as two Pizza Beach locations, Eastfields, and Café Americano.
Word has it they’re also eyeing new Pizza Beach locations in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District.