Say it ain’t so. One of New York’s most beloved bistros will be closing up shop after the holiday season. Pastis, a favorite gourmet address in Manhattan's Meatpacking district for 15 years, has reportedly filed a notice with the state Department of Labor in advance of laying off its 200 employees on January 1, 2014. Crain’s New York explains that the building will undergo an 18-month construction project early next year as it expands to encompass 75,000 square feet of office and retail space.
Restaurant owner Keith McNally—also behind Balthazar and Schiller's Liquor Bar—is said to be in talks to sign a new lease. Eater NY says the closure will only be temporary. Regardless, Executive chef Chef Pascal Le Seac'h’s Provençal fare will certainly be missed.
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To reserve a table at Pastis before it's gone for good, visit www.pastisny.com.