Il Matto, the still-newish restaurant at Church and White, which seems to have had trouble developing a following despite a two-star review from the New York Times, is “trying to become a nightclub,” in the words of a concerned White Street resident who just emailed me. Let’s back up: A late addition to the agenda for the April meeting of the CB1 Tribeca Committee included a mention that Il Matto wants to “relocate the bar, change the interior seating, and change the method of operations to have later hours and a DJ Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and midnight.” The DJ raised my eyebrows—CB1 doesn’t like DJs—and then, this morning, I saw the above flyer posted. They’re moving the bar to the back? This does seem like a substantial change. All of which is still neither her nor there, but the windows have been papered over. Are they starting work even without approval? I emailed chef/owner Matteo Boglione, but I’m not sure I’ll hear back because chefs rarely email. The CB1 Tribeca Committee will discuss is tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6 p.m.; if you want to attend, the meeting is at 49-51 Chambers (east of Broadway). Bring ID to get into the building and go to room 709 on the 7th floor.
UPDATE: Il Matto is indeed closed, reports Eater. And the CB1 agenda below is for a new owner.
ANOTHER UPDATE: CB1 says the principals on the application for a change are Matteo Boglione, Gian Perugini, and Angelo Perugini; the management is listed as Matteo Boglione, Gian Perugini; and the corporate name is still Pebo Viola LLC d/b/a Il Matto.