Casa Pomona and Michael Psilakis’s Kefi Will Reopen Soon

It's almost time to welcome Kefi back to the UWS.
It's almost time to welcome Kefi back to the UWS. Photo: Melisa Hom

Next-door-neighbor restaurants Kefi and Casa Pomona abruptly closed on the Upper West Side in January after a frozen pipe burst in the basement and extensively damaged fixtures and interiors at both restaurants, Crain’s reports, and that bad luck compounded with other problems to make reopening all but impossible for each. Chef-owner Michael Psilakis’s MP Taverna in Irvington was damaged by Hurricance Sandy, for starters, while the storm halted construction on the restaurant’s Astoria location. Meanwhile, the neighborhood had barely gotten a chance to warm up to the tapas at Casa Pomona before partners Sid Gupta and Marion Maur learned their landlord had let the building’s certificate of occupancy lapse. Then Sandy hit, and months later, the pipe burst. The phoenixlike Casa Pomona will rise again this month, however, and Psilakis, who just got a decent review at MP Taverna from the Times, says Kefi will be back in action in a few months. [Crain’s, Related, Related]