Former Roberto Passon Will Become Lime Jungle

Photo: Shanna Ravindra

Last week it was reported that Giuliano had closed less than a year after its predecessor, Roberto Passon, was renamed after chef Giuliano Matarese. Now owner Enrico Malta tells us it’ll reopen as a sister location of Lime Jungle, just three blocks away. The menu will be the same (with the addition of a whole red snapper) but unlike the original takeout location, this one will boast a bar serving organic wines and flavored margaritas, as well as a graffiti mural created by a waiter-artist at another Malta spot, Bocca di Bacco. Malta isn’t worried about cannibalizing the original Lime Jungle, which will stay in business after its spinoff opens on Monday or Tuesday: “If people want to eat in, they’ll go to 50th Street. If they prefer to eat at home, they’ll go to 53rd Street. If Duane Reade can open a store on every other corner, we can too.”

Lime Jungle, 741 Ninth Ave., nr. 50th St.; 212-582-5599