Dona is Dunzo: Development kills a young one


Arpaia and Psilakis

Real estate in New York spares no one. If you’ve been planning to try out Donatella Arpaia’s Midtown Mediterranean, you better get there by Saturday. The announcement came today that Arpaia and her partner, Chef Michael Psilakis, are closing the restaurant, which only opened in March, thanks to development plans for the building.

We feel your pain, Dona. There’s a hotel going up a few feet outside our bedroom window. Here’s the press release:

Dona Restaurant Closing
The search for a new space is on

January 2, 2007 (New York, NY) – Donatella Arpaia, New York’s famed restaurateur behind davidburke & donatella and Dona restaurants, has announced that Dona will be closing its doors after service on Saturday January 6th due to real estate circumstances. The building in which Dona is housed is being sold to a developer.

Arpaia and her partner, Chef Michael Psilakis, are currently searching for a new location in which to place the Dona concept. Dona, which opened in March 2006, has enjoyed much success in its first year. The restaurant received a glowing two star review from The New York Times, it was named one of Esquire’s Best New Restaurants in 2006, and Bon Appetit magazine named its Gnudi Dish of the Year.

“It’s very emotional for me to have to leave this space,” says Arpaia. “This is where I started my career as a restaurateur nine years ago with Bellini, and then spent so much time reinventing the room to create Dona. We are working hard to find a new location where we can continue serving our First Generation Cuisine.”

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