When Keith McNally indicated he’d have to close Pastis (9 Ninth Avenue) for a long remodel, rumors began swirling almost immediately that the restaurant titan would have to relocate the eatery. For his part, McNally remained steadfast that he’d reopen on the spot as soon as construction was finished.
But now we get word that he will, indeed, have to move.
McNally’s team tells us, “At the moment, it doesn’t look like Pastis will go back into that building (9 Ninth Avenue).”
We’re waiting on a statement from McNally himself, and we’ll update this story when we have it.
Pastis made a major impact on the Meatpacking District over it’s 15-year tenure in the neighborhood, drawing celebrities and gastronauts to a once-underdeveloped part of the city.
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