Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that the vegetable-centric restaurant will be able to open anytime soon.
On Friday, Gjelina Group CEO Shelley Kleyn Armistead posted an appeal on Instagram to help find positions for her staff.
Her letter reads in part:
To have persisted for 6 and a half years to open Gjelina NY on Bond Street, and to have experienced a fire 1 day short of our one month anniversary — the only feelings right now are heartbreak. For every human who put so much into creating this restaurant. And it was them that created it — make no mistake.This team are like no other that I have had the privilege to work with. Every single one of them made Gjelina what she was. Every single one of them deserve the most outstanding work opportunity.We have no timeline for rebuilding and reopening. Thus I am asking, please, if you have any positions — please email me and I will pass it onto them ...
I spent countless years in the trenches of the NYC hospitality industry. I firsthand know how quickly things can literally change overnight when an emergency shatters everything and everyone, with an indefinite closure to follow. I feel for those whom are now out of work including the owners that gave their heart and soul to this venture. Thankfully, it will be spring soon, and business will improve, thus allowing for more hires. But right now, the shock and sadness of this remains. I actually was going to have lunch here for my birthday this week after having read glowing reviews online. I truly hope when the timing is right, this restaurant can remerge very soon. My best to all of them.
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