Telepan, the beloved Michelin-starred restaurant at 72 West 69th street run by local fixture Bill Telepan, suddenly closed its doors on Sunday. The restaurant was under financial pressure, Bill Telepan wrote in an email to West Side Rag.
We will miss being part of the neighborhood, and we are so grateful to our loyal customers, many of whom have become our friends.
It has been a wonderful run. We are proud of everything our team has achieved and grateful for the talent, hard work, and spirit of our staff. I am thrilled that recently we were able to celebrate our 10th anniversary, that we’ve earned a Michelin star in each of the last three years, and that we have celebrated so many occasions with our customers over the years.
Since we have such talented staff, other restaurants are eager to hire them. As for me, I am exploring opportunities, as well as continuing my work to provide healthier food options for children in our public schools.
Telepan had just celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special menu bringing back some old favorites.
Bill Telepan, whom we interviewed here, is a community fixture, serving as the executive chef of the Wellness in the Schools program, which helps bring healthier food into public schools.
Below, see the note he sent to customers:
Note to Our Customers
We wanted to let you know that as of May 15th, we are closing Telepan Restaurant.
We are so proud of everything our team has achieved over these last 10 years and will miss being part of this incredible community that has been so wonderful to us. We are enormously grateful to all of our loyal customers. We are happy that we’ve been able to celebrate so many occasions with you over the years and that so many of you have become our friends.
We know you’ll join us in thanking our amazing staff, many of whom have been here since the very beginning. Words cannot express our gratitude for their tremendous efforts over the years and our appreciation of their talent and spirit.
It has been a terrific run and we can’t thank you enough for supporting Telepan. We will remember all the good times we’ve had together, and look forward to staying in touch.