Seven years after opening in the West Village, chef Seamus Mullen’s Spanish restaurant Tertulia will close on Sunday, July 1.
Mullen opened Tertulia in 2011, leaving Boqueria to do it, and it was immediately well-received. It got two stars from the Times, a Michelin Bib Gourmand, and was nominated for the James Beard Awards’ best new restaurant award. The restaurant also appeared on comedian Aziz Ansari’s popular Netflix show Master of None, widely viewed as an indicator for what’s hot and hip. Lifestyle queen Martha Stewart loved it, too.
But in recent years, Mullen focused his attention elsewhere, namely opening El Colmado in Gotham West Market and a newer fast-casual chicken spot. Tere were also a couple of projects that did not work out, including a now-closed location of El Colmado in Meatpacking and a partnership with Hotel Brooklyn Bridge that did not come to fruition. On top of that, he’s written two cookbooks, gotten a new lease on life through healthy living, and works with University of California San Francisco’s department of gastroenterology on a pilot program about using food to help improve health conditions.
Through a rep, Mullen says he’s closing Tertulia to focus on the UCSF program and the expansion of his fast-casual chicken restaurant Whirlybird + Greens in Gotham West Market to two new locations in 2019.