Long-Suffering West Branch Is Finally Closed

Photo: Shanna Ravindra

Tom Valenti’s beleaguered On the Ave hotel restaurant West Branch closed for good after service yesterday, Grub Street confirms. We reported last May that Valenti was rumored to be significantly behind on the rent, and West Branch investor Jeffrey Chodorow — whose Fatty Crab is also a tenant in the hotel — told Grub Street that he was interested in closing the restaurant and reconceptualizing the space, with or possibly without Valenti.