I happened to walk by there [Wednesday] and it appears that the renovations are indeed continuing. The Le Gamin sign however, has mysteriously disappeared...
New name? New restaurant? New owners?
Here's what Eater had to report back on Sept. 28:
Just a quick note to assuage the East Villagers in the crowd. A number of readers have written in both here and on EV Grieve to report that Le Gamin on East 5th St. between Aves A and B—the last Le Gamin in Manhattan—has closed. A worker at Black Iron Burger Shop next door reports that no, they are just renovating, extensively. They will reopen with the same name but a different "theme" and a more "modern" look on October 10. Funnily enough, the restaurant closed for renos just one year ago when the original owner...
As the chalkboard sign shows, Le Gamin is now the Village Bistro East. It opened last night.
So... new name. New theme. Same owners.