Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Renovations at Prune

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.


Anonymous said...

They declined to comment?
What the hell is that supposed to mean??

Anonymous said...

I think it will re-open but the 'declining to comment' is not encouraging. It would be a huge loss.

Grieve said...

My *guess* is they are saving the reopening scoop for a bigger outlet, such as The New York Times or Grub Street.

Anonymous said...

Prune received the maximum in RRF(restaurant revitalization funding) but that money did not come attachment free. The money has to be spent within three years on approved expenses or returned.