Keith McNally Closing Pulino’s and Will Reopen as ‘Cherche Midi’

Posted on: October 18th, 2013 at 6:00 am by
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His presence was at the time a gamechanger on the Bowery, but now Keith McNally is standing on shaky ground.

Eater reported yesterday that McNally is ending the Pulino’s Pizzeria concept at the southwest corner of Bowery and East Houston. The restaurateur announced that he’s closing the spot in January, and reopening as a French eatery called Cherche Midi (named for a prison, in fact).

Through no one’s fault but my own Pulino’s hasn’t fully worked and I’ve decided to change it quite radically. The restaurant will close for extended alterations the first week of January and reopen in the middle of March. It will reopen as a small French restaurant called Cherche Midi and the chefs will be Shane Mcbride (currently executive chef of Balthazar) and Daniel Parilla (currently head sous chef of Minetta Tavern). Shane will be the Executive Chef of Cherche Midi and Daniel the Chef de Cuisine. Both are extremely excited to begin on the project.

In 33 years I’ve never had to close a restaurant. So on the plus side I’ll finally be first at something.

Isn’t Pastis in Meatpacking closing? They say temporarily but, you know…

Anyway, the neighborhood was quite shaken back in 2008 when Pulino’s was first announced. Its opening in 2010 was preceded by a pop-up art gallery by UK collective Lazarides. Remember the Slacktivist protest?

Here are some archival images from the last few years:

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