Bouley at Home — restaurateur and chef David Bouley’s more casual, tasting menu restaurant and cooking school in the Flatiron District — has closed after three years, Bouley confirmed to Eater via email.
It’s not a permanent end to the restaurant, though. “We are studying new prospects, concepts, at different venues,” Bouley wrote in his email. The closure of the all-in-one Flatiron space — which also encompassed a bakery and a test kitchen — marks a major change for Bouley, who is currently focussed on catering events, planning Virtual Reality education programs, and working on a book series. Bouley’s wife Nicole later clarified that they plan to reopen in Tribeca, though a location hasn’t been confirmed yet.
Bouley did not outline the details behind the closure, but the restaurant has remained shut since the state-mandated closure of dining rooms in March due to COVID-19. Dozens of restaurants across the city have been forced to shutter over the financial fallout caused by the novel coronavirus crisis.
Bouley at Home opened in 2017 following the closure of the chef’s longtime Tribeca French restaurant Bouley, the establishment that propelled the chef into NYC’s culinary stardom. At the Flatiron restaurant, seats were divided up among three chefs counters, and the chefs served the diners themselves. While the restaurant didn’t garner as much acclaim as Bouley’s Tribeca spot, it did earn one Michelin star in 2019, and 2020.
Following the closure of his 30-year-old Tribeca restaurant in 2017, Bouley also closed his Japanese restaurant Brushstroke in 2018. He initially planned to reopen the Tribeca restaurant in a smaller space, but those plans haven’t yet come to fruition.
UPDATE 7/21/20: This article has been updated to reflect that David Bouley plans to reopen his restaurant in Tribeca, though no location has been confirmed yet.