Trattoria Nostrani is going to close on 1/1 and reopen a week later as a mid-priced French restaurant. Nelli Maltezos will still be the chef, Eric Stapelman will still be there as well. There are plans for value options including a prix fixe menu and 25 wines priced at $25. Shibumi is staying as-is.
Although I have every confidence the new place will be one of the tip-top chow destinations around town, I'm nonetheless going through a little bit of mourning over the loss of one of the best Italian restaurants I've ever been to, anywhere. Here's hoping they do an occasional Italian night for old times' sake.