Thankfully, Keith McNally was JK-ing when he told us that Morandi might be his last restaurant. Eater has spotted his name on a Community Board 2 agenda and surmises that, even with his hands full redoing Minetta Tavern, he’s planning to open a place at 282 Bowery, in the space that once housed Adams Restaurant Equipment. One word: YES! If this is true (we’ve asked the Baltha-czar for comment), McNally will be getting a piece of the sweet Avalon Place action that Boulud, Veselka, and AvroKO are homing in on. (We were just enjoying Bowery Wine Co.’s outdoor seats last night. “Welcome to the Jungle” was playing — ironically!) But let’s remind you that the corner of Bowery and Houston is, well, the corner of Bowery and Houston — traffic is going to put a damper on that outdoor café.
Located at the intersection of Excellent and Awesome. Photo: Daniel Maurer