Centrico Is Closed

When Centrico closed for two weeks of renovation in July, it was a bit of a surprise—one would think that July was prime time for margaritas on the loading dock. Then, yesterday, a sign on the gates said that the restaurant was closed through Labor Day.

I turned the corner onto Franklin, where I saw stacks of plates and cookware on the loading dock. Not a good sign….

On my back from an appointment, I saw guys carting away the plates and cookware. I asked if it was closed, and the answer was yes. I called Myriad Restaurant Group for a comment, and Drew Nieporent said. “There’s no official announcement about anything like that.” The rest of our conversation was off the record, and we agreed to talk today at noon. Last night, I noticed that Centrico was no longer on Myriad’s website.

Well, this morning’s New York Times had this report about a new restaurant called Distilled NY: “The partners in this new restaurant—Nick Iovacchini, Chris Eddy and Shane Lyons, the chef—are planning a ‘new American public house, with communal dining,’ as Mr. Iovacchini put it. They will use the space now occupied by Centrico, which they just bought from Drew Nieporent, and expect to open this winter. ‘We plan to have a robust cocktail program,’ Mr. Iovacchini said. Aaron Sanchez, the chef of Centrico, said he planned to open a Mexican restaurant in New York.”

I’ll update this if Nieporent has anything new to add.

Update: I called Nieporent at noon, but he never called me back.