Fotografiska, the Swedish pictures museum at 281 Park Avenue South, closed the shutter on acclaimed restaurant Veronika this week — but it surely gained’t say why.
The abrupt closing of Stephen Starr’s lovely, second-floor venue for contemporary Eastern European delicacies got here just a few weeks after it reopened following a year-long Covid-19-related shutdown.
The unexplained dying of the 200-seat fine-dining restaurant with gleaming crystal chandeliers suspended from a 20-foot ceiling was a setback to the town’s rejuvenated eating scene, the place many beloved venues — together with The Grill and Barbetta — have come again from the pandemic or plan to do quickly achieve this.
The premature last curtain left a void within the metropolis’s eating scene the place Veronika’s model of completely executed wiener schnitzel, coulibiac and different Mitteleuropean classics is difficult to search out.
A discover on Veronika’s web site coldly said that “ownership has made the difficult decision to close” as of Sept. 1. The discover blamed it on “the prolonged recovery period” from the pandemic and “staffing challenges.”
But the restaurant was owned by the museum, not by mega-restaurateur Starr, who ran it below a administration contract. Starr owns Manhattan’s thriving Pastis, Buddakan, Upland, El Vez and La Mercerie, and plans to quickly reopen Le Coucou and Clocktower.
Starr declined to remark as did Fotografiska’s restaurant-loving landlord, Aby Rosen.
In January 2020, The Post praised Veronika as “the finest transformation of a historic, private space into a venue for public consumption — namely, food consumption — since Grand Central Terminal’s Campbell Apartment two decades ago.”