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Brooklyn’s Alleged Tree Murderer Chef Has Closed His Restaurant

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Bar Salumi is no more, as chef Adam Harvey faces arborcide charges

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Trouble continues for Adam Harvey, the chef who allegedly poisoned his neighbor’s maple tree to free up sunlight for his solar panels: His Gowanus restaurant Bar Salumi has shuttered.

Opened in April, Bar Salumi’s stated intent was to offer extensive cured meats and cheese, but the new restaurant was quickly hit with scandal: Police arrested co-owner Harvey in June for allegedly drilling holes into his neighbor’s 60-year-old maple tree and filling them with herbicide. In addition to arborcide, he is also facing criminal charges.

Now, just three months later, Bar Salumi has closed, Gothamist reports. Co-owner Ennio di Nino has not returned Eater’s request for comment. Before being Bar Salumi, the space was home to A&E Supply Co. from the same team, boasting a “farm-to-party” ethos, and that restaurant also caused a ruckus in the neighborhood. It launched a guerrilla marketing campaign that consisted of tagging sidewalks and subway station entrances in Park Slope and Gowanus with the restaurant’s logo, a move that pissed off several neighbors.

Harvey is next scheduled to appear in court on September 12.

Bar Salumi

548 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 635-3388 Visit Website

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