Casimir, the French bistro on Avenue B near Seventh Street, was on Monday's CB3/SLA agenda for a transfer. Our friends at East Village Eats have learned that owner Guillaume Blestel has sold the restaurant. EV Eats talked with some of the employees this past weekend "and not much is known about the new owner." One piece of info: Turns out that the new owner is also behind Midtown East-based restaurant/lounge comboLéa.
Never heard of it. Per New York magazine:
Small tables house an after-work crowd early in the evening, enjoying better-than-average bar fare from the kitchen, including sushi, bruschetta, and crab cakes. As the night wears on, the darkness deepens and the music—contemporary hip-hop and house beats that don't quite fit the lounge-y décor gets louder.
Anyway, no word yet if the new owner plans to keep things the same or turn the place into another Midtown East outpost... like too many other places already around here.