Nearly a year to the day, word came down that Keith McNally's long-running Meatpacking District restaurant Pastis would close and we now know who the space's new tenant will be:
a darling, independently run nonprofit soup shop benefitting orphans a Restoration Hardware. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the bougie home goods store will move into 9-19 Ninth Avenue on a 15-year lease, shelling out $250 million in the process. Not even $16 Croque Monsieurs can compete with that.
The new lease holders plan to add an additional 70,000 square feet, including three additional floors, to the squat brick building. The building will be retrofitted with a "metal and glass exterior screen," which architects say should "allude to the signs, canopies and fire escapes that once hung off buildings in the neighborhood." Those days were mostly gone even before McNally moved in.
We reached out to McNally's reps to see what the future holds for Pastis and we'll update if we hear back. But there may still be an opportunity to sip vino at 9 Ninth Avenue. Restoration Hardware CEO Gary Friedman has said he wants to create "design gallery" stores that feature restaurants and rooftop bars and the like. Guess we know where to head when the Urban Outfitters restaurant doesn't have any seats available.