Though it won praise for its cocktails and the bar scene was sometimes busy to the point of pushiness, Bar Milano’s pricey food couldn’t wrangle more than two stars from either Platt or Bruni despite co-owner Joe Denton’s hope that it would be “a fun three-star place.” So, in a wise move, the Denton brothers will close Milano after New Year's Eve and reopen several weeks later as an 'inoteca north with an expanded cocktail program in the bar area, and a dining room that’s been scaled down in look and price. The official statement, per Eater, follows.
Jason Denton and company of Bar Milano have decided to transform their northern Italian eatery into a new ‘inoteca and liquiri bar after the New Year. Bar Milano’s last day of operation will be December 31st.
Already possessing a great space and a bustling bar scene, they aim to deliver casual Italian dining and great wine and spirits at a recession-friendly price point. Effective January 1st, the restaurant will close for a few weeks for minor renovations and to bring some of their staff up from the Lower East Side. They are excited about the change and look forward to bringing ‘inoteca to a new neighborhood.
We're just surprised it's taken this long to bring the Lower East Side to Murray Hill.
EaterWire: Dentons Turning Bar Milano into 'inoteca [Eater]