The Purple Fig, a restaurant on 72nd Street between Broadway and West End Avenue, has been closed since late August. At first, a phone message at the restaurant said it was shut down for the summer until September 7. More recently, the phone was “temporarily disconnected.” That came after a couple of negative reviews by food reviewers Gael Greene and Steve Cuozzo. (Cuozzo later added via twitter that the day after his review, the restaurant’s refrigeration “conked out.”
So after just a few months being open, this is the end, right?
In an email to us he wrote: “Spoke with [owner] Paul Hurley. It will reopen Friday for dinner.”
Asked to elaborate, he wrote:
“I have not been involved since mid-June simply due to being over committed on a few other projects, and early into the project realizing that small restaurants sometimes needed as much time as large ones and I could not commit to being in new york every week. The restaurant will reopen on Friday as The Purple Fig with a more simple menu and offering that I assisted the chef and owner with drafting.”
Anyone want to place bets on whether a new menu will turn this place around?
Thanks to Chris for the tip.