John Dory: The Last Word
Since the John Dory abruptly closed its doors on Tenth Avenue in NYC's Meatpacking District on Saturday night, there's been no shortage of strong opinions about it. Some lament the closing of "an excellent restaurant with perhaps the wrong setup and location" (Eater); others have little sympathy for a place that would quote only 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. reservations, even with plenty of open tables (pretty much all commenters on the New York Times Diner's Journal blog). John Dory's co-owner Ken Friedman has heard all sides of the story and says that when John Dory reopens—"and it will reopen end of this year, beginning of next, in a much better place"—it will be with a better attitude. "We'll do things more in the Spotted Pig way," says Friedman of his no-reservations gastropub, one of the city's more crowded restaurants. "We won't send mixed signals like we're a fancy restaurant, we only take reservations. It will be more of a Pig situation."