As you know, the 89-year-old, third-generation Village classic Rocco Ristorante is being pushed out by its landlord's skyrocketing rent to make room for another restaurant in the popular Torrisi mini-chain. Over a recent meal, I learned that Rocco's official closing date will be January 2.
"We're taking the sign with us," said the waiter, so Torrisi won't be getting a Fedora-like deal, even though they have used the sign on their own website to announce their takeover.
Owner Mr. DaSilva also plans to stay in the neighborhood--he's got a few places in mind for the new Rocco's. But go to the original soon, before it is vanished by the forces that be.