Pigalle is closing, Grub Street has learned. Marc Orfaly will shutter his 12-year-old French restaurant in late spring to make way for his new focus: American-inspired tavern fare. He has partnered with Matt Camilleri (late of Local 149 and the Biltmore) to launch the new, currently unnamed venture. The new restaurant will open in late May, in the same Charles Street South space. We're told that Orfaly hopes to turn the upscale Theater District restaurant into more of a neighborhood hangout.
He's going to refocus on "classic tavern dining," with plates and bar snacks paired with craft beer. He's also adding an open kitchen. And, yes, there will also be a raw bar.
The casual re-concept makes sense: In 2011, Orfaly gave Pigalle a face lift, expanding the bar area and adding a bar menu. He was most recently in the news after an online tiff with a disgruntled Pigalle diner, whom we did not contact for comment. Orfaly apologized for the incident and went back to doing what he does best: cooking.
What do you think of his latest concept?