Category Archives: Notable Closings

Centolire Set to Auction Everything from Its China to Its Elevator

Upper East Side Italian staple, Centolire, recently made news suggesting that the restaurant will auction off its assets in order to pay back the mortgagee who is seeking unpaid debt , according to Grub Street. This auction, which features nearly every asset Centolire possesses, including its china, refrigerator and even elevator, valued at over $300,000,  augments a troublesome past few months for Pino Luongo’s delectable Italian eatery known for its sumptuous pasta’s and famous Caesar Salad.

(Photo Courtesy: ASM Auctioneers)

Dubious financial times emerged at the beginning of January when a federal Marshall seized the restaurants doors for failure to pay its taxes. Although the restaurant appeared to temporarily address the problem, an unappealing, and “for rent” sign was placed under the name. While employees at the restaurant recently contended that despite the sign, the “restaurant was engaged in a dispute with the landlord, which would be resolved soon” the fact that Luongo’s space is up for auction suggests that it is only a matter of time before one of the Upper East Side’s jewel’s will be closed for good. For more information on the auction, please refer to ASM Auctioneers’ listing.

Centolire Restaurant

1167 Madison Avenue,

New York, NY, 10028

P: (212) 734-7711

Angelo & Maxie’s is Now…Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse

Longtime steakhouse, Angelo & Maxie’s, which made news (according to the Wall Street Journal) last spring for Filing for Bankruptcy after contending that it estimated its worth under $1 Million despite owing their creditor’s between $1 and $10 Million recently closed its staple Park Avenue South location. In light of their recent closing, Las Vegas steakhouse Vic & Anthony’s will be taking over  Angelo & Maxie’s former space on 233 Park Avenue South. In fact, Vic & Anthony’s began the initial stages of transformation for the 233 Park Avenue South location by replacing the Angelo & Maxie’s window and outdoor signage in place of Vic & Anthony’s this morning. Vic & Anthony’s will be opening this spring.

Vic & Anthony’s

233 Park Avenue South,

New York, NY, 10003

Kenmare Lounge Officially Done

Following the demise of the restaurant only two months ago, Kenmare’s downstairs lounge has also officially closed. After the restaurant closed on October 17th, citing the creation of “a new restaurant concept for the upstairs portion of the venue” the downstairs lounge had continued to operate strictly as a bar. According to Eater, owner Nur Khan intimated that the Kenmare team has “a great concept we are in discussions about now.” Kenmare’s released an official statement pertaining to its closing:

We would like to thank all of our loyal Kenmare customers. As most of you know we are in the process of changing our dining concept; although we scaled down the menu while we are in the process of putting the new restaurant concept in place. We have been informed that our current menu is not extensive enough for us to operate the way we currently are. Although we have been serving food we have been advised not to operate until our new dining concept and full menu are in place. We are working diligently to finalize our new project. We look forward to seeing all of your familiar faces again when the new project is complete.

Warmest regards and Happy Holiday wishes from the KENMARE TEAM.

Kenmare Restaurant (Now Closed)
98 Kenmare Street,
New York, NY, 10012
P: + 1 (212) 274 9898

Le Caprice’s Impending Closing; L’Orange Bleue Closed

This week, Richard Caring’s London Import, Le Caprice, revealed that it plans to close and potentially “relocate”. According to Eater NY, Caprice Holdings and the Pierre Hotel have jointly released a statement intimating the restaurant’s impending closing:

Le Caprice has been a shining light on the New York restaurant scene since 2009. After an extensive search and through mutual agreement with the Taj Group (owners of the The Pierre Hotel) Le Caprice will be moving to a new site that is currently being finalized. Caprice Holdings and The Pierre Hotel have greatly enjoyed working together and wish each other continued success for the future.”

Le Caprice
795 Fifth Avenue,
New York, NY, 10065
P: + 1 (212) 940-8195

In addition to Le Caprice’s developing story regarding its probable move, SoHo French Bistro staple,  L’Orange Bleue has officially closed citing a “facelift and makeover renovation,” according to the restaurant’s management. The french bistro’s management intimated that the restaurant will re-open in the Spring of 2012.


L’Orange Bleue

430 Broome Street,

New York, NY, 10013

P: + 1 (212) 226-4999


Le Bilboquet to Close, Remains Packed as Usual

As initially reported by Zagat earlier this week, Upper East Side staple, Le Bilboquet has confirmed that it will not renew its lease for 2012. Management at the popular french bistro asserted that the restaurant plans to relocate this spring. While the restaurant addressed its plans to find a new location by March or April, one must reserve apprehension as many restaurants that have not renewed their lease have previously cited plans to “relocate in the near future” only to not hold up on their promise (I.E: La Goulue for instance). Nevertheless, Le Bibloquet continues to pack crowds out the door even during lunch (as evidenced by the picture) despite their plans to close. While it may be difficult to secure a table, now would be a favorable time to relish the Cajun Chicken or Steak Frites before its too late.

Le Bilboquet
25 East 63rd Street,
New York, NY, 10021
P: + 1 (212) 751-3036

Original Rays Pizza on Prince St. To Serve Last Slice on Sunday Oct 30th

According to the New York Times, the Original Rays Pizza on Prince Street in SoHo will be serving it’s last slice on Sunday October 30th. Unfortunately, the space has been subject to tremendous complications between the family members who harbor opposing interests in the real estate. According to Helen Mistretta, the manager at Ray’s, because of the “sad” nature and plight of the situation that has led to the impending closing, there will be no celebratory goodbye for the famous Pizzeria. Ray’s has been a pop culture icon for New Yorkers for the past few decades. As a result of the Ray’s on Prince Street, a number of “knock-off” Ray’s have opened with a similar name throughout the city (Famous Ray’s, Famous Original Rays, etc) spawning several references in Hollywood (as evidenced by Seinfeld for instance). While the location on Prince Street will be history after Sunday, there is hope that the pizzeria will find a new home in the future.

Ray’s Pizza
27 Prince Street,
New York, NY, 10012
P: + 1 (212) 966-19609

Kenmare Restaurant in NYC Closes!

The infamous nightlife duo, Nur Khan (Rose Bar, Don Hill’s, Electric Room) and Paul Sevigny (Beatrice Inn) are saying goodbye to their restaurant, Kenmare, which officially closed it’s doors to the public on Monday October 17th. According to Zagat Buzz and multiple inside sources, while the restaurant has officially closed (and will therefore not accept any future reservations), the downstairs lounge plans on staying open while the restaurant space transforms into a new concept.

Kenmare’s history is short but nevertheless fascinating. When it first opened, many believed it would be the revival of the Beatrice Inn which shut its doors due to complaints from West Village tenants via community board hearing’s. When Kenmare first opened it’s doors during February Fashion Week in 2010, it’s elongated “soft opening” instantly confirmed it’s aura as a hot-spot. In the following 18 months, while it was most remembered for it’s “in the know” downstairs lounge, the restaurant attracted hipsters/trendsters/models and cool downtown patron’s who were very loyal. Although Kenmare will forever be remembered for its lounge, not restaurant, it is nevertheless quite depressing to see it go. Let’s hope for a strong concept that can take over the recently vacant restaurant space.

Kenmare Restaurant (Now Closed)
98 Kenmare Street,
New York, NY, 10012
P: + 1 (212) 274 9898