Seen & Heard: Racines is now Chambers

Love the double meaning… Racines has been in the process of reinventing itself and will now be called Chambers. The word is they will (re)open in the middle of May, operating five days a week, Tuesday to Saturday in fall, winter and spring; Monday to Friday for the summer (and with a paid summer holiday for the staff). The restaurant will open at 6pm daily, with the last seating at 10pm, with a smaller menu that changes rather frequently. In the text they have on the site for potential team members, they note, “The entire concept has been built around the elimination of the pressure-cooker-environment restaurants are known for.” Also on the job requirement list: “Having a personal enthusiasm for wine, fine spirits, craft beer, and market driven local cuisine will be a huge asset.” Love everything about this.

I happened to walk by last Thursday night to see Ann Benedetto and her staff packing up A Uno, her women’s clothing store that has been on the corner of West Broadway and Duane for 21 years. They were scheduled to leave at the end of April, but learned a few days ago that the landlord had sold the window space to Netflix for advertising. So they are heading to University Place sooner than expected. This is a real loss for the neighborhood.

This is a very belated post — I had intended to do a bigger catch-up with Steven during the pandemic, but wanted to let folks know that Fred, a Shopdog of Tribeca and a staple at Steve Amedee Framing and gallery on N. Moore, died during the pandemic. From Steven: “Ever smiling, official store greeter, and best companion of 16 years, Fred made every day full of joy and happiness. We thank you all for the love you showed him in return, making his life a truly happy one. Fred, my best buddy, you will be missed more than words can say.”

Postmasters will host its first solo exhibition with LoVid, titled “Hold On.” The show will present a series of digital tapestries and NFTs. “Both are spatial and time-based compositions that translate interaction with human gesture into two fundamentally different formats.”