Nolita’s renowned Public restaurant will be closing in June

Jennifer Joo and Philip Lee

Sadly, yet another long-standing restaurant in Manhattan is about to shut its doors. Michelin-starred Public, residing in Nolita since 2003, will close in June because the building it is housed in will be undergoing renovations for roughly two years.

“We can’t see moving it,” Brad Farmerie, the chef and a partner, tells the New York Times. Public is so specific to the neighborhood, the space and its history.”

The winner of several James Beard awards, the eatery was known for it’s original over-the-top offerings such as grilled kangaroo with coriander falafel. The space which was designed by its other owners who also own design firm AvroKO, was acclaimed for its innovative look which featured antique mailboxes, card catalogs and office doors with glass panels.

Before those glass-paneled doors shut forever, Mr. Farmerie explained, thankfully he and his team would have ““three months to celebrate.” Joining them for a final farewell will be some past well-respected chefs, such as Matt Lambert of the Musket Room, Ann Redding of Uncle Boons and Mr. Donahue’s, and Matt Hyland of Pizza Loves Emily and Emmy Squared. [NYT] 

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