BREAKING NEWS: Solo Restaurant in NYC is moving out of the Sony Building and heading Downtown
After a year of infighting and ongoing court battles with the Sony Building landlord (read an August New York Times article about the conflict here), Solo Restaurant at 550 Madison Avenue is leaving their midtown home and heading into a new location in downtown Manhattan.
To say the least, it has been a crazy year for Solo. After many years of specializing in Asian Mediterranean cuisine, the restaurant turned dairy when their sister restaurant, The Prime Grill, moved in just blocks away. Then a couple of months ago to everyone's surprise, Solo became the first upscale Chinese restaurant in Manhattan boasting a whole new menu, which many people liked. But now an inside source has told "Great Kosher Restaurants" that they will be closing their Madison Avenue doors on Thursday, January 9th with plans to re-open in late Spring. And in the spirit of sharing, we hear that the Asian part of the Solo menu will be heading to Prime Ko and the Mediterranean menu will be heading to Prime at the Bentley.
Interestingly enough, reports have also been circulating that Sotheby's might be moving into the Solo space once the restaurant leaves. See article here.
Meanwhile, Pizza da Solo, the upscale Neapolitan take-out pizzeria, also located in the Sony Building and steps from Solo, is remaining open.
And to add more intrigue, with Prime Grill having purchased the phone number of "The J" over a month ago when they closed (yep, try to call The J and Prime Grill picks up), could we see Solo taking over their Soho location? Hmm. One thing is assured, this story has just begun. Stay tuned for more details as it develops.