Its been a little over two years since we brought news that Little Charlies Clam Bar was sold. The space was at one point going to house Ivan Kanes Forty Deuce, but the neighbors squelched that; then Chris Eddy failed to come up with enough capital to open a planned sushi restaurant. Danae Cappelletto, a veteran of the Australian restaurant biz (and granddaughter of Giuseppe R. Cappelletto, chef at the Sydney Opera House), then took the space and took the unusual step of hiring a lobbyist to make sure she wasnt the Nightmare on Kenmares latest victim. A year later, here she is Travertine will open next week with former Babbo sous-chef and Top Chef alum Manuel Trevio at the helm.
Trevios Mediterranean dishes will, of course, be quite a bit more refined than the red-sauce dishes at Little Charlies (pastas such as pappardelle and spaghettini will be made in-house), though when you take a look at the menu below, youll notice a Charlies Linguine with pancetta, Long Island clams, and fire-roasted tomato sauce. The pastry chef is Marisa Croce like Trevio (who was at one time chef at Dos Caminos), shes a B.R. Guest alum, and she also put in time at Dressler. Dinner will be served quite late till 1 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday and till 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. As for the basement space Ivan Kane was going to use for a burlesque club, its still coming together, and should be open in some form by next spring. The dining room, meanwhile, is due to open next week (reservations are only being accepted for parties of six or larger); we'll let you know when we have an exact day. In the meantime, take a look at the dining room, the menu, and a couple of Chef Trevios dishes.
Travertine, 19 Kenmare St., nr. Elizabeth St.; 212-966-1810