Marc Orfaly's twelve-year-old Theater District restaurant Pigalle will close this spring and reopen as an entirely different restaurant that will also be run by Orfaly. A representative for the restaurant tells Eater that the chef "has been experimenting with a number of creative bar menu items and his newest passion is American inspired tavern fare." So, expect stuff like that on the new menu of the yet-unnamed restaurant. Matt Camilleri, who previously worked as the general manager for M3 in Davis Square and at Local 149 in South Boston, will be involved as a partner. The new restaurant will feature an open kitchen, a focus on craft beer pairings, a raw bar, daily specials and "inventive" bar snacks. Renovations begin in May, which means Pigalle will close then as well, and the new restaurant is hoping to open in late spring.
Perhaps Pigalle is indeed ready to reinvent after over a decade on the scene, or perhaps Orfaly is looking to distance himself from the restaurant whose name is so closely identified with the chef's notorious Facebook blowup. Orfaly earned a spot in the media spotlight last fall after railing against a customer complaint via Facebook before he apologized and then befriended his critic.