Melissa O’Donnell’s ‘Thelma on Clinton’ Opens Tonight at 29 Clinton Street
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Hot on the heels of a successful $50k Kickstarter push, the Salt Bar metamorphosis is now complete. Thelma on Clinton is ready to break outta that cocoon and fly. The transition along restaurant row took six months; today is opening day at 29 Clinton Street.
With the pivot, chef-owner Melissa O’Donnel is instead slinging a menu of New American small plates. The Village Voice has the skinny on the new restaurant, reporting that Thelma will serve nightly rotating entree options, some of which are old favorites from Salt Bar.
In keeping with a from-the-heart-and-home mentality, O’Donnell will also be debuting several “from scratch” offerings: A new smoker will turn out house-kippered salmon, and charcuterie gets a makeover with merguez sausage with labne and mint and a seasonally tweaked rabbit terrine with juniper, allspice, and bacon. And above all, O’Donnell’s menu will draw from the cultural diversity of the neighborhood without straying too far from her deeply-rooted, straightforward approach to cooking. “In my heart of hearts I’m a minimalist,” she says. “I always have been. I don’t like to make things complicated. It’s one of the reasons I originally named Salt ‘Salt.'”
Thelma on Clinton is slated to serve dinner Tuesdays Through Sundays.
Salt Bar had previously served upper Clinton Street for a decade.