Thelma on Clinton

In Place of Lil Gem, Matthew Kenney’s Vegan ‘XYST’ Grows on Clinton Street

Posted January 29, 2019 at 5:00 am

Lebanese family style restaurant Lil Gem closed up shop this month after just over a year at 29 Clinton Street. The Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient had been the third coming for chef-owner Melissa O’Donnell, who occupied the space with various restaurants over the last fifteen years (Salt Bar, Thelma). No more, it seems. Celebrity chef […]

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Lil’ Gem Debuts on Clinton Street this Week with Lebanese Fare

Last modified September 26, 2017 at 12:14 pm

Even though the rolldown gate still says Thelma, there is a changing of the guard happening at 29 Clinton Street. But the new boss is the same as the old boss. This Thursday (September 28), chef Melissa O’Donnell and restaurateur Lesly Bernard will open Lil’ Gem, a restaurant that specializes in “modern Lebanese” cuisine. The […]

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Thelma on Clinton is reborn as ‘Lil Gem’ Lebanese Restaurant

Posted March 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

Chef-restaurateur Melissa O’Donnell delivered on her promise to return to the Lower East Side with a new concept. Indeed, more than a month after shuttering the three-year-old Thelma on Clinton, the space at 29 Clinton Street has been transformed into a Lebanese restaurant called Lil’ Gem. Evoking her Lebanese heritage again – Thelma was named […]

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‘Thelma on Clinton’ Fades, but Ownership Already Planning a Followup

Posted February 3, 2017 at 5:17 am

Thelma on Clinton, the American style restaurant at 29 Clinton Street, served its final meal last weekend. Michelin rated Chef-owner Melissa O’Donnell pulled the plug on the three-year-old establishment. You’ll recall that Thelma – named for O’Donnell’s Lebanese paternal grandmother – was replacement for the Salt Bar, which operated at this address for a decade […]

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Melissa O’Donnell’s ‘Thelma on Clinton’ Opens Tonight at 29 Clinton Street

Posted December 17, 2013 at 6:10 am

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 […]

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Melissa O’Donnell Raises Over $50K for Salt Bar Replacement ‘Thelma on Clinton’

Posted November 20, 2013 at 5:01 am

Thelma on Clinton is happening. At the conclusion of summer, chef-restaurateur Melissa O’Donnell dropped the bombshell news that Salt Bar would close after a decade at 29 Clinton Street. But she’s not going anywhere. The PR-friendly reasoning was that O’Donnell strived to create a new concept that was “more representative of our community on the […]

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

Posted September 13, 2013 at 6:00 am

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 […]

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