Anella’s Owners Planning Two New Restaurants

The owners of Anella (pictured) have big plans.
The owners of Anella (pictured) have big plans. Photo: Melissa Hom

On the heels of opening rock bar Saint Vitus, Blair Papagni of Anella e-mails to say that she and husband Josh Cohen have two new restaurants in the works. They hope to debut the first of these in August at the corner of Calyer and Franklin Streets in Greenpoint, “which for us will mean we will essentially bookend Franklin Street with great restaurants,” she writes. The new place will offer a menu of “tapas, with Asian and Spanish flavors,” says Papagni. Anella is also getting a new chef, Christopher Abbamondi, who’s coming from Corton; from now until he officially starts in August, Abbamondi will be in Anella’s kitchen every Monday night cooking a special market menu (see a sample lineup here). The couple is also planning a restaurant in Tribeca, though they’re still in negotiations for the space. If things go as planned, they hope to open that in September, just in time for the arrival of their third child in November. Whew!