As indicated by the liquor-license request for a new restaurant at its address, Trattoria Cinque has indeed closed. “We have had a wonderful three-year run in Tribeca,” says a nice letter from owner Russell Bellanca on the door of 363 Greenwich, “but for unforeseen circumstances, we have decided to shut our doors. We appreciate the support of our loyal patrons over the years, and will miss serving the community.” It’s a refreshing change from the “closed for renovations” tack so many restaurants skulk away with.
Another letter on the door also shows how to do things right. It’s from LDV Hospitality, the company behind American Cut, the Marc Forgione steakhouse coming to the space. “LDV Hospitality is the owner and operator of critically acclaimed Scarpetta, Veritas, Bistro La Promenade, Lugo Caffè, and American Cut, among others,” it says after a bit of what my boss at Fortune called organ music. “We offer a disciplined approach to delivering our guests charmed experiences with a genuine hospitality. We will be applying for a full liquor license in order to offer patrons fine liquors and cocktails in addition to spectacular wines and a wine selection of domestic and imported beers. The restaurant will be open from 11:30 a.m. and close at 2 a.m., every day of the week. There will not be any live music and we will not be applying for a cabaret license. We are and remain committed to being a positive contribution to our”—not so fast, sailor—”vibrant community here in Tribeca.” And then it goes on to explain the details of this week’s Community Board 1 meeting before offering to “address any question or concerns you may have” by emailing Emerita Alcid at email@example.com.
My main question is how the heck they’re going to deal with those black windows—I know many people had various issues with Trattoria Cinque (and a lot of people liked it), but I can’t help but guess that the void of a façade is a prime culprit here, as it probably was with Devin Tavern.