Tribeca Restaurant Ponte’s Closes, May Relocate

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Ponte's was one of the first downtown restaurants to reopen after the World Trade Center attacks. Photo: Courtesy of Ponte's

Zagat learns that the Debrosses Street restaurant F. Illi Ponte (a.k.a. Ponte's), which is known for its signature "angry" lobster entrée as much as its Hudson sunset views, closed at the end of June. The Ponte family tells the site they are undecided as to whether they will relocate to another space in the neighborhood or simply return to the renovated address where they've been serving guests for 46 years. "This closing is due to extensive renovation and remodeling plans and the possibility of a relocation. Please know your accounts will remain open and available for your use upon our Grand Reopening," the family announced on their website. Elsewhere in the neighborhood, the husband and wife owners of the Murray Hill Café China are taking over the former Capsouto Frères space. Ponte's old-school neighbor closed after Hurricane Sandy. [Zagat via Tribeca Citizen, Related]