Photos by Stacie Joy
In recent weeks, multiple EVG readers have told us about extensive renovations happening inside (and out!) at Prune, the highly regarded (and currently closed) restaurant on First Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue... Prune ownership declined to comment on the renovations and plans for (possibly) reopening. The space has been closed to the public since the pandemic PAUSE of March 2020. (Nearby residents have noted private events and other cooking-related activities inside.)
The website for Gabrielle Hamilton's popular destination says to please check back for updates about a reopening.
Prune fans remain hopeful that the restaurant, which debuted in 1999, will return one of these days. Hamilton's compelling essay — "My Restaurant Was My Life for 20 Years. Does the World Need It Anymore?" — in the New York Times Magazine during the worst days of the pandemic in April 2020 raised doubts.