As it so often does in this business, Bistro 185's notice that it was "closed for remodeling" has turned out to be only partially true. The restaurant is closed.
It's sad news for Collinwood as the restaurant has been a neighborhood asset. Two years ago, chef Ryan Kaston purchased the restaurant (991 E. 185th St.) from owners Marc and Ruth Levine, who successfully operated it for a decade. Before that, the attractive bar and restaurant was known as John Christie’s Tavern.
"We gave it our best and it was truly a pleasure serving everyone through the door," Kaston says. "We hoped this wasn't the end but unfortunately it is for now."
The search is on to find a new operator for the space, I'm told, in hopes of keeping the tavern alive and well.