Ro-Zu Closes (Again); The Village Belle Opens Wednesday

Village Belle's Joey Campanaro
Village Belle’s Joey Campanaro Photo: Melissa Hom

Ro-Zu, the troubled little sushi spot in Queen Village, looks as if it’s closed again, according to a photo posted on Foobooz. And it might be for good this time. You may recall that when it first opened last spring with Todd Dae Kulper running the kitchen, it was poised for greatness. Following Kulper’s abrupt departure in May, it closed briefly and never seemed to recapture the same enthusiastic reception from diners when it reopened. Kulper was reported to be on board for the Khyber’s transformation into an izakaya, but since those plans (for the time being anyway) have been nixed, who knows where he will land.

The good news? South Philly native and celebrated New York restaurateur Joey Campanaro will open Village Belle, the Northern Italian restaurant he’s been working on since the summer with his brother Lou at the former Frederick’s space on South Front Street, tomorrow, according to the Restaurant Club. The restaurant features a fully-restored, 100-year-old, 26-foot-long solid mahogany bar and multiple dining areas with enough seats for up to 90 guests.
Quick Bites [Foobooz]
What’s on the Menu at the Village Belle? [Restaurant Club]

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Ro-Zu Closes (Again); The Village Belle Opens Wednesday