Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran will open their long-awaited restaurant and bar, Barbuzzo, in the first week of July. The long-delayed project was original scheduled to open last fall. “We are definitely behind schedule,” Turney tells Grub Street. “But this is the first project that we haven’t had to rush into.” Adjacent to Verde, Turney and Safran’s boutique, flower shop and artisan chocolates studio, the Barbuzzo space was completely rehabbed from top to bottom. “Digging out the basement alone took three months to do,” Turney says.
Inspired in part by Turney and Safran’s trip last year to Italy, Spain, and Portugal, where they explored farmhouses and countryside inns, Barbuzzo will feature a rustic atmosphere composed of salvaged material and imported Italian marble. “We’re using a lot of reclaimed wood to try and recreate the look and feel of the mosserias we visited in Puglia,” says Turney. The restaurant will feature a fourteen-seat counter, a twelve-seat bar, 42 seats in the dining room, and additional tables outside. This is the pair’s first restaurant with a liquor license.
Barbuzzo, 110 S. 13th St. no phone yet