Apparently those rumors about Peels closing were true. In a statement to Grub Street yesterday, owners William Tigertt and Taavo Somer said: "We've had a great run and thank all of our staff, the neighborhood and customers for the years of support and memories."
The restaurant on the Bowery at East Second Street closed yesterday morning after breakfast service.
We'd like to thank our staff and our customers for the years of support and memories. We’ll miss everyone, but we have to say goodbye.— Peels Restaurant (@PeelsNYC) January 22, 2014
The rumors surfaced when the address also showed up on this month's CB3/SLA committee docket. (The item was scratched from the agenda ahead of the meeting.)
In a comment on Jan. 13, an EVG reader said that Serge Becker and Josh Picard, who are taking over the 7A space, will be the new operators "for ... casual Italian. Just like Gemma a block away." Eater hears that it's Picard and Andrew Carmellini planning the restaurant in the space.
The building was sold last summer for more than $9 million.
Peels opened to much fanfare in August 2010. Their early drink menu included The Joey Ramone … made with apple brandy, lime juice and concord grape juice (or concord grape wine??)
Perhaps this inclusion made some sense as the restaurant did share a corner with Joey Ramone Place.