Anthony Martignetti tells us that he closed his bistro, Bar Martignetti, yesterday and is completely revamping it using income from his hoppin’ underground lounge, Southside. He isn’t sure whether he’ll keep the name, but he knows this much: The restaurant will be “much more food-focused” (he’s currently interviewing chefs) while at the same time steering clear of $27 entrées. “I’m trying to make it a little more user-friendly, especially on weeknights,” he tells us. That’ll mean adding six more beer lines, another bar (the room will now feel more like two), and a 25-person community table. The focus of the menu, Martignetti is thinking, will be a prix fixe that allows you to get a great hangar steak and a choice of salad and/or fries, for a reasonable price (additional portions will cost extra). Changes to the restaurant will be significant (for one, the front door will move to the corner), but it’s expected to reopen in two weeks. We’ll see how the steak-centric concept affects its reputation as a chick magnet.
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