Del Posto Eliminates Café, Introduces Prix Fixe Lunch

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While Cru gets cheaper and more casual, Diner’s Journal reports that another fine-dining heavy hitter, Del Posto, is going the opposite route. Mario Batali’s crown jewel, which recently lost a Michelin star, has eliminated the café where it served a more affordable menu, and is removing eight tables from the mezzanine. The silver lining is that a $29 prix fixe lunch will now be offered Wednesday through Friday. Sam Sifton writes, “Does the change mean the recession is over and the restaurant is moving back in the direction of maximum exclusivity? Maybe. Maybe not.”