Daniel Boulud is closing DBGB Kitchen & Bar, his eight-year-old brasserie at 299 Bowery.
The star chef explained to the New York Times that the Lower East Side/East Village outpost just isn’t doing enough business on weekdays. “In this location, it’s busy on weekends but erratic in the early part of the week,” he told Florence Fabricant. DBGB’s last day in business will be Aug. 11.
Boulud said he would like to reopen the restaurant in another location, explaining, “I hope to find a more appropriate space for it in New York.” DBGB is one of 11 restaurants in Boulud’s New York empire. He has locations in six other cities, including a version of DBGB in Washington, D.C. As Eater noted, Boulud is working on opening an 11,000 square foot restaurant at One Vanderbilt, the gigantic new tower going up next to Grand Central.
DBGB’s employees are being offered jobs at other restaurants in Boulud’s company.