NEW HAVEN — Bespoke Restaurant and Lounge, the popular College Street eatery known for its French-inspired cuisine and long-running property dispute with Yale University, closed its doors February 4 as the restaurant’s owner begins renovations to open under a new name.
The six-year-old Bespoke will reopen as Moroccan-style venue called Gilt, which will employ Bespoke’s current chefs and staff members. Lauren Kendzierski, Bespoke’s owner, told the Yale Daily News that she was looking to change the restaurant’s concept to better fit the nightlife model that she thought prospective patrons were seeking.
“After being open five years, we just want to change it up and do something different — less of the stark, dramatic modern that’s kind of drifting past in the architectural scene,” Kendzierski told the YDN. “It’s going to be a remarkable change.”
Kendzierski acquired Bespoke in 2010 from previous owners and original founders Arturo Camacho and Suzette Franco-Camacho. The married couple, who earlier founded the popular Chapel Street eatery Roomba, left New Haven following a lengthy and costly legal dispute with the Yale over a strip of walkway that connected the rear of the restaurant to a back lot.
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