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Hotel Williamsburg's New Owners Shut Down Pillar & Plough

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January 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Boy, if we had a HotelChatter Award to give out for the most short-lived hotel restaurant, it would for sure go to Hotel Williamsburg's Pillar & Plough, which closed this week—after only two months of being open. Funny, because when we stopped by there recently to ask about the new ownership, an employee told us he didn't think the acquisition would create any immediate changes.

Well, this is quite a change.

Eater's got the scoop on the deal, which Graves Hospitality (the hotel's current operators) confirms is related to the King & Grove takeover. But, interestingly, they're also saying the deal hasn't officially gone through yet. Apparently, the mere prospect of an acquisition was enough to prompt the restaurant to shut down until further notice.

Which makes us think: maybe K&G has big plans for the Hotel Williamsburg after all. Though their timing's a little off. We wish we'd had the chance to dine at the ill-fated P&P before it disappeared altogether!

Along with the Chelsea Hotel acquisition, this could be the early stages of a dazzling new project for New York. But for now, we'll have to sit back and let the changes unfold.

Up until now, HW was going for a cool, detached, slightly music-themed type hotel. But maybe we'll start to see certain elements (the lobby, that pool, those record players in the rooms) evolve also—as per the (almost) new ownership.

Here's what Graves had to say:

"Although the sale is not finalized, the property is under contract to be purchased. As a result, Graves Hospitality has been instructed to close Pillar & Plough as of today. Since opening, Pillar & Plough has received great reviews and success; it is with regret that we are closing the doors. The sales agreement is pending and not yet finalized. Reservations at the hotel will remain status quo and open for business as usual."

Got a tip about the changes happening at Hotel Williamsburg? Drop us a line! Or let us know in the comments below.

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