Coronavirus Fells Fat Radish on Orchard Street

Posted on: August 10th, 2020 at 5:02 am by

The Fat Radish is done for. Another victim of the pandemic.

Eater broke the news Friday evening, reporting that the decision from ownership came as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown.

The owners – Phil Winser and Natalie Freihon – confirmed that the Orchard Street restaurant doesn’t have enough space to accommodate outdoor dining. And with uncertainty around timetable for a return to indoor dining in New York City, the decision was made to throw in the towel.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have to say goodbye, but this really allows us to have a moment of celebration,” Winser told Eater. “The Fat Radish was such a big part of New York City, and we feel very lucky that we get to continue it for a little bit.”

Silkstone, the hospitality company by Phil Winser and Ben Towill, opened the veggie-focused Fat Radish way back in 2010. Natalie Freihon joined the business seven years later, a veteran of Soho House, Freemans, and the former Peels on the Bowery.

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