Del Posto, the elegant Italian restaurant in Manhattan that acquired a uncommon four-star review from The New York Occasions in 2010, will completely shut following its sale, mentioned Jeff Katz, the restaurant’s longtime basic supervisor.
It has been bought by Mr. Katz together with Melissa J. Rodriguez, Del Posto’s govt chef, and the chef James Kent, a former chef de delicacies at Eleven Madison Park, from Lidia Bastianich, Joe Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali. The sale consists of the lease of Del Posto’s massive house in Chelsea, which the brand new house owners plan to make use of for 3 new companies, following a renovation.
There can be a cocktail bar, an informal restaurant with wood-burning pizza ovens and an bold, special-occasion Italian restaurant within the spirit of Del Posto, which was first opened in 2005 by Ms. Bastianich, Mr. Bastianich and the chef Mario Batali.
“Jeff and Melissa have been the driving power behind the success and evolution of Del Posto,” Mr. Bastianich mentioned. “I’m pleased and proud that they may proceed that evolution into the long run.”
Mr. Katz, who began working at Del Posto in 2006 and have become the final supervisor in 2009, mentioned that he and his companions need to make a clear break from the restaurant’s previous house owners whereas persevering with to push Italian meals in America to new ranges of excellence, as Del Posto did.
“We need to make it our personal,” he mentioned.
Del Posto has been closed for the reason that begin of the pandemic, and Mr. Bastianich auctioned off its greater than 30,000 bottle wine assortment final summer season. Mr. Katz mentioned that the restaurant employed between 200 and 215 individuals earlier than the pandemic. “We had a very tight knit group,” he mentioned. “Our intention is to attempt to get just about anybody again from the previous group who needs to come back again.”
Renovations on the Del Posto house will start after an auction on Tuesday. Mr. Katz mentioned that “all the pieces is mainly up for grabs” contained in the opulently adorned house: plates, fixtures, wall panelings and many chairs.
He hopes the unnamed new companies will open within the fall; the biggest of the brand new eating places will basically change Del Posto. When the restaurant acquired four stars from the previous Occasions restaurant critic Sam Sifton, Del Posto was the primary Italian restaurant to obtain the very best score since Parioli Romanissimo, in 1974.
Ms. Rodriguez was promoted to govt chef in 2017, following the departure of Mark Ladner. Within the restaurant’s most recent review, in 2019, it acquired three stars from Pete Wells. Of Ms. Rodriguez, he wrote, “She will get her results by following previous Italian templates and placing them collectively so elegantly that they appear to mild up from inside.”
Mr. Katz mentioned Ms. Rodriguez would be the face of the flagship restaurant. “James and I are basically her enterprise companions, her operations companions,” he mentioned. “It’s her restaurant.”
Ms. Rodriguez mentioned the menu for the brand new restaurant remains to be a piece in progress.
“There was a whole lot of change in fantastic eating over the previous few years, and we need to work out what meaning for us,” she mentioned. “We would like it to be enjoyable, and we additionally need it to be celebratory.”
This isn’t the one new restaurant challenge for Mr. Katz and Mr. Kent. In 2019, they opened Crown Shy, on the bottom flooring of 70 Pine Road, within the monetary district. This summer season, they’ll open one other restaurant, SAGA, on 4 of the highest flooring of the identical constructing.
“We’re hoping to create jobs,” Mr. Katz mentioned. “New York wants eating places.”