Bar Bambino to Close on December 31

Bye, Bambino.
Bye, Bambino. Photo: Courtesy of Aidlin Darling Architects

The end of the year is always full of unexpected closures and today comes the news that Bar Bambino will serve its last suppers on December 31. After six years on the scene, a menu overhaul in 2011 that took the restaurant in the direction of northeastern, German-influenced Italy, and numerous positive reviews, owner Christopher Losa has written a heartfelt letter thanking the community and his suppliers. The news comes four months after the announcement that chef Lizzie Binder was leaving the restaurant — first announced as a hiatus which later was revealed to be permanent, as Binder landed on the cast of Top Chef: Seattle. Losa says he plans to spend more time with his wife and four year old daughter and asks fans to join him for a meal over the course of the next two weeks. The restaurant will be open on New Year’s Eve with room for 100 or so guests and it will offer the regular menu in order to highlight some favorite dishes. [Earlier]