It’s official: Two-and-a-half-year-old the Elm, inside the King & Grove Williamsburg hotel, will halt operations on Sunday.
Back in August 2013, just a month after the restaurant opened, chef Paul Liebrandt called the project a “gateway,” saying he wanted to “do a restaurant that would reach a clientele that would never, ever have come to Corton.” But Liebrandt didn’t reach many people at all — while the food received high praise (Adam Platt awarded it three stars), the vibe was always a bit off (Platt also said the room felt like a “second-tier midtown tourist hotel”).
For years, Liebrandt has said that he wants to open another fine-dining restaurant. Maybe now that Drew Nieporent has a hit with Bâtard, they’ll reunite and live happily ever after.
We, of course, would never take joy in someone not finding success. Still, if this somehow slows down the stampede of celebrity chef-backed restaurants in the neighborhood we can’t say its a bad thing.