As CH Projects' Arsalun Tafazoli revealed earlier this year, 2015 will see the group focused on refining their existing holdings. The East Village's Neighborhood will be the first to get a refresh, with a two-week shutter and kitchen remodel that starts on Tuesday, May 5. When it reopens, there will be new menu from executive chef Mike Gil, a recent hire who previously ran several Chicago eateries, including Green Street Smoked Meats and Au Cheval, which Bon Appetit deemed as having "the best cheeseburger in America."
Meanwhile, an executive chef has been picked to help lead Soda & Swine's expansion into Liberty Station which is due in June. S&S chef and co-owner Jason McLeod has selected Andrew Nienke (Searsucker, Island Prime) who was most recently the chef de cuisine at the East Village's Bottega Americano; Nienke will also oversee the meatball-centric eatery's original Adams Avenue location.
The restaurant group has also revealed that changes are in store for Craft & Commerce; a revamp of the Little Italy bar and restaurant, which opened in 2010, will unfold later this year.