Meatpacking Mainstay Florent May Close in May

Yesterday Eater broke news that Florents landlord has been showing the building to potential tenants (Eater originally misidentified the landlord, so take that rumor for what its worth). Florents future has been tenuous for some time now a June 2007 Daily News item mentions owner Florent Morellet trying to renegotiate his lease while neighbors closed shop. Were hearing from one source that Florents lease is up in May, after which Florent will close. Another source says that Morellet planned to sell the business because his health is worsening (his T-cell count is displayed on one of the menu boards). So was it the Florent space that Anthony Martignetti was referring to when he told us he was considering opening a restaurant near Pastis? Who knows, it may also have been the old Rhone space, abandoned by Double Seven. Morellet wasnt available for comment today, but well keep you posted on what may be a double blow (remember, Passerby will soon close) to the meatpacking district.

Update: Asked whether Anthony Martignetti is considering the Florent space, a rep tells us she has no new information at this time. Note: She didn't say, No.

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Earlier: Anthony Martignetti Plots a New Restaurant Over Croissants at Pastis
Passerby Hasnt Quite Passed On