10-Year-Old ‘Salt Bar’ Becoming ‘Thelma on Clinton’

Posted on: September 13th, 2013 at 6:00 am by
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Salt Bar celebrated its tenth anniversary at 29 Clinton Street last January. Now, eight months later, owner Melissa O’Donnell has decided to go a different route. She’s shifting the restaurant concept to something “more representative of our community on the Lower East Side.” It’ll be called Thelma on Clinton, and feature cuisine inspired by her Lebanese immigrant grandmother. The following letter placed in the exterior menu box explains the changeover.

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, Salt Bar celebrated its ten year anniversary this past January. While Salt Bar has been a great experience, I feel it is time to create an new place more representative of our community on the Lower East Side.

S on September 7, Salt Bar will close its doors for good.

In its place, I look forward to introducing you to Thelma on Clinton. I’ve taken the name from my paternal grandmother, who was born to Lebanese immigrant parents, gave herself the name Thelma when she was 18 years old, married an Irishman, and lived an inspiring American story. The food at Thelma on Clinton will reflect the straightforward and multicultural qualities of her life, and the life on the Lower East Side.

But, before we open our doors to Thelma, I want to thank all of our loyal friends and patrons who have made the last decade so wonderful. You were integral in creating a space that felt like a second home to many people. I hope to see you in the next days as we say goodbye to Salt Bar.

Finally, I will keep you updated on the opening of Thelma on Clinton over the next few weeks.

Warmest regards.

When we past by Salt Bar the other day, it was still open to the public. So the brand swap hasn’t transpired just yet.

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