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Ex-Obama White House Pastry Chef’s First Solo Restaurant Closes After Five Months

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Palais by Perfect Pie on the Upper East Side was reportedly “underfunded”

The green interior of a restaurant with colorful chairs and round mirrors on the walls
The interior of Palais by Perfect Pie
Tony Jalandoni/Palais by Perfect Pie [Official]

Palais by Perfect Pie — the all-day French-American bistro from former White House chef Bill Yosses — has shut down after about five months on the UES, the Times reports. It opened last October at 134 East 61st Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues.

While there was no official reason given for the closure, the Times notes that the restaurant was underfunded during its lifespan. The project was Yosses’s first standalone restaurant concept in the city; previously, he had run the popular pop-up Perfect Pie and held a short-lived position as the pastry chef at the controversial reboot of the Four Seasons restaurant, which closed last summer. When Palais opened, the concept operated as a partnership between Yosses, his husband Charlie Fabella Jr., and business partner and pastry chef John Wu.

During its brief run, Palais was open for 14 hours a day and served breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner in a bi-level, 75-seat space. There were no surprises with the classic mix of French and American food on the menu: Avocado toast, lobster bisque, branzino, salmon, and grilled flatbread pizzas were served throughout the day. Yosses also sold his celebrated sweet and savory pies both in the restaurant and on an online shop, which is not currently open.

Eater has reached out to Palais and Yosses for more information on the closure.

Palais by Perfect Pie

134 East 61st Street, Manhattan, NY 10065 (212) 410-3262 Visit Website

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