The New Plan for the Bisutoro Space

The storefront at 313 Church—most recently Bisutoro, and before that, Tribeca Canvas, and Dennis Foy (am I missing one?)—will be home to a restaurant called Church Street Tavern, “serving modern New York fare and raw bar,” according to the sign in the window. When Bisutoro closed, chef Masaharu Morimoto announced he would not be involved anymore (while owner Patrick Fahey—also of Macao Trading Co. and Los Americanos—planned to regroup). The website listed on the sign,, doesn’t work yet, so we’ll have to wait to learn more. Presumably, this Church Street Tavern is not affiliated with Church Street Taverns in Orlando; Burlington, Vt.; and Colchester, England.

UPDATE: Eater got more info…. “Although Patrick Fahey and the Los Americanos team promised they would take another go at the space, things apparently didn’t pan out after Morimoto bailed on the restaurant. Instead, this project is from the virtually unknown Jon Behling. Behling is also planning Bandits Roost,”—someone stole the apostrophe!—”a speakeasy beneath the restaurant that will operate with a nightly password. Chef Paul Gerard, who owns Exchange Alley, will work as a consultant upstairs overseeing the American menu which tentatively includes asparagus with tarragon vinaigrette, a ‘crab cocktail mingle’ (crab legs served in a martini glass) and surf and turf with smoked pork belly and clams. Both spaces are expected to open by late September.”

Hmm…. A change in ownership would involve a new liquor license, which would mean Community Board 1 approval, which means it’s not under new ownership or it’s not opening (with hooch) in September.



  1. Oh great, just what we need – another restaurant.

  2. at least it’s not another nail salon…

  3. and there it is…..