Provence to Close, Be Remade As Haute Barnyard Spot

Provence, relaunched a year ago amid a din of enthusiasm, has already gone under, Pete Wells reports in "Diner's Journal." It will reopen as Hundred Acres, an American restaurant emphasizing (what else?) "rustic, farm-fresh food," according to owner Marc Meyer. “It may have been a mistake to try to maintain the Provençal personality of the restaurant. I realized I can’t interpret Provençal food for New Yorkers. It became a special-occasion restaurant, packed on weekends, but we want a place that people would be happy coming to all the time.” Hundred Acres will open in early May.

Jamais Provence [Diner's Journal/NYT]