Big Daddy’s, the retro family-style restaurant at 2545 Broadway on the corner of 91st Street, plans to close on March 1, a manager told West Side Rag on Wednesday.
The restaurant will undergo renovations for about two months and then reopen as a “fine-dining” establishment, said Celeste, a manager at Big Daddy’s. Celeste said she expects to stay on at the new restaurant, and some other staffers are expected to be transferred to other locations.
Update: On Thursday, Julie Zucker of Big Daddy’s sent WSR the following “official statement”:
After nearly a decade of great food and good times, due to changing neighborhood demographics and dining habits, we will be changing the Big Daddy’s Upper West Side concept. We will be rebranding the space as a new Mediterranean concept that we believe will be a great fit for the neighborhood. We have enjoyed being part of the Upper West Side community as Big Daddy’s and we thank each and every guest that has dined with us. We look forward to welcoming old customers and new as we rebrand and reopen to the UWS community. For any customers looking for their Big Daddy’s fix, we invite them to visit us at our Gramercy location at 239 Park Avenue South between 19th and 20th where we will continue to serve our famous burgers, shakes, tots and breakfast all day!
Big Daddy’s talked about the change at a recent community board meeting, although it was not clear at the time when the changes would take place. The new spot is expected to serve Mediterranean food, open for lunch and dinner, as well as have a bar. It’s not yet clear what the name will be. The news is likely to upset some Upper West Siders, one of whom commented on our last story that “the menu is perfect for families and [it] was one of our go-to spots.”
And what will happen to these wondrous tater tots??
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