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Rare West Village Southwestern Gem the Banty Rooster Is Shutting Down

Acclaimed restaurateur Delores Tronco-DePierro’s West Village establishment will serve its last meal on August 22

The Banty Rooster’s dining room with light blue banquettes and whitewashed brick walls
West Village’s the Banty Rooster is closing next month
Noah Fecks/The Banty Rooster [Official Photo]

The Banty Rooster — one of a handful of New York City restaurants that showcase Southwestern cuisine — is closing next month, less than a year after it opened. A spokesperson for owner Delores Tronco-DePierro says that they weren’t able to come to a new agreement on rent in light of the coronavirus crisis.

The restaurant — which is currently open for outdoor dining — will serve its last meal on August 22. Tronco-DePierro, an acclaimed restaurateur from Denver, will return to the city after closing up in the West Village, and plans to reopen the Banty Rooster there sometime in the future.

Tronco-DePierro debuted the restaurant — located at 24 Greenwich Avenue, near West 10th Street — late last year, and brought on her husband, John DePierro, formerly a chef at places like Rebelle and Miss Ada, to lead the kitchen. The couple spotlit Southwestern fare like roasted delicata squash with pepitas, brown butter, and squash mole; New Mexican lard cookies called biscochitos, and fried dough called sopapillas. Eater critic Ryan Sutton raved about the dish in a visit to the restaurant earlier this year.

The Banty Rooster was one of the few — along with Santa Fe on the Upper West Side, Piquant in Prospect Heights, and Mojave in Astoria — to showcase Southwestern fare on its menu. Now, the couple plans to move back to Denver to focus on opening a restaurant there.

Before closing up in NYC, the Banty Rooster — which only recently reopened again following the coronavirus-related shutdown in March — will serve dinner outdoors from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. The Banty Rooster now joins dozens of restaurants across the city that have been forced to shutter due to the financial fallout from the pandemic.

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