The sign in Acappella‘s window announcing a two-week closure for renovations was cause for concern, because traditionally restaurants do that kind of thing in a quiet period, such as August or January. Then Bruce commented that the closing must have been a surprise, because three weeks ago he made a reservation for this Saturday night, and no one let him know that it wouldn’t be honored. I tried to make a reservation for mid-May. “This restaurant is closed temporarily,” says OpenTable’s page for the restaurant.
And when I called Acappella’s sister restaurant in Edgewater, N.J., I was told that the original Manhattan outpost—which opened back in 1994 and was featured in the first episode of “The Sopranos”—is indeed closed. But the good news is that it’ll reopen two blocks away. (When I asked when, I was told once again that it’ll reopen two blocks away.) The likeliest spots would be the former TD Bank branch at the southwest corner of Hudson and Duane or the current location (for however long) of Bouley. [UPDATE: Andrea pointed out that the former Il Gilgio space at 81 Warren could be a contender—and it would much more affordable than those other two corner spots. UPDATE 4/19: I hear from someone that it’s none of these spots….] The move isn’t a total surprise: Chef/owner Sergio Acappella has been frustrated with the construction on Chambers, the installation of a subway elevator right outside his window, and the formation of Bogardus Plaza.