We’ll start with the Italians, who ruled this week. Lady Gaga’s father, Joe Germonatta, and Art Smith (Art and Soul) opened Joanne Trattoria. Two pizza palaces began welcoming guests: Don Antonio by Starita and Numero 28 Pizzeria Napoletana. And Stuzzicheria converted into the sandwichery Pane Panelle, by the same owners. Hummus & Pita Co., the Asian-themed gastropub The Toucan & The Lion, the Greek-ish Thymari, and a second location of Ted & Honey Café at Bldg 92 all opened. Cassa Hotel has partnered with Laurent Tourondel to open a BLT American Brasserie.
Shanna Pacifico confirmed her new kitchen’s name; Back Forty West will open in the old Savoy space with a menu similar to the original Back Forty. Michel Richard is scouting addresses for a new Central location. Dani Garcia and Yann de Rochefort will open an outlet of the gastrobar Lamoraga this fall. Tom Colicchio will take over the restaurant space at the former Bull’s Head Inn in the Hamptons to open a new veg-centric concept called Topping House Rose. Francois Payard will open a third FPB bakery in the next six months. And changes are afoot for the old Elaine’s space, which will be the site of a casual fine dining restaurant from the owners of The Parlor Steakhouse this fall.
The Cobble Hill location of Sweet Melissa Bakery, Sam Bahri’s Steakhouse and Dallas Jones BBQ have all closed. Ellabess is set to close following Valentine’s Day after less than a year in business; guests at the Nolitan Hotel will get complimentary delivery service from nearby restaurants while Epicurean Management works on a new concept, set to open this spring.