After hearing a rumor that Roc was about to close—and seeing the listing that James discovered—I reached out to owner Rocco Cadolini, who let me in on what was happening. He’s been having a ball building out the new Roc in Louisville, while operating a restaurant in New York City has been getting harder and harder (as he explained in the recent Spotlight Q&A). Then a friend asked if he’d be up for testing the waters… and someone was interested. Until the deal was officially done, however, he asked me not to post anything—if the deal went awry, the restaurant would continue as before. Also, he knew that once word got out, he and his wife, Stacy, would be inundated with questions and congratulations. They’ve lived and worked in Tribeca a long time, and while it’s exciting news for them—we should all follow our bliss—it’s undoubtedly bittersweet.
Rocco quietly let many of his longtime customers know that this past weekend would be the restaurant’s last, so they could come for a final visit.
Roc is one of those restaurants that has always seemed ingrained in this neighborhood, and it will be missed. Here’s wishing Rocco and Stacy all the best on their next adventure! I look forward to visiting them in Louisville, and of course they also have a restaurant in Williamsburg, Baci & Abbracci.
UPDATE 3/1: Rocco and Stacy posted a goodbye note.