And Another Hotel Restaurant Fails To Launch
Despite a last ditch attempt last month to re-invigorate the space with some leather banquettes and a large communal table, Ellabess, The Nolitan's restaurant, has closed until further notice. A post on Eater confirms that the owners hope to come up with something new by this spring, though for now the plan seems unclear.
Bizarrely, this news comes just three weeks after the abrupt closing of Pillar & Plough over at Hotel Williamsburg. Granted, those guys are in the process of transitioning to new ownership, so they're (kind of) off the hook. But what's the Nolitan's excuse? As far as we know, nothing about the hotel itself has changed. And after all that build-up, too...
It could very well be that the Nolitan just needs a more clearly-defined concept to sustain the dining space, which is indeed attractive. Sunken about two or three feet below street level, and located off the lobby, the restaurant was a clean, bright, welcoming space.
To see what we mean, just look at our pictures! Flowers adorn the bar, there's an impressive wine cellar built into the wall, and it remains fairly private from the rest of the lobby.
We'll just have to wait it out a few months to see what they come up with. For their sake, we hope no one from Dream Downtown's Romera gets involved.