Historic Front Street used to be known as the Financial District's Restaurant Row. Barbarini, Made Fresh Daily, Salud Tapas, and a slew of other restaurants fed neighbors, businesspeople, and each other. Most shared a landlord, the Durst Organization, whose underground electrical systems were flooded during last fall's hurricane and caused a blackout of all buildings supported by the grid. The company owns 95 residential and 13 commercial units near South Street Seaport, and all are still without power and the phone lines are disconnected.
Made Fresh Daily and Jeremy's Ale House are two eateries on the block that are privately owned -- and have independent electrical systems -- so they didn't suffer the same kind of grid damage, and are open for business. But Barbarini, like a number of other restaurants, has ended its lease with Durst and is closed for good. The Historic Front Street storefronts banded together for a crowdfunding effort at the end of January, but only Jack's Coffee and Nelson Blue were able to meet their fundraising goals. Barbarini raised just over $2,000, when it needed $20,000.More »