It’s not exactly breaking info that Venice’s longstanding Rose Cafe would be undergoing a refresh, but the news still hurts. The longtime cafe space is more than three decades old, but recently underwent an ownership change — it’s currently in the hands of Bill Chait and Jason Neroni.
As of yesterday, a note has been posted to the door of Rose Cafe, thanking longtime locals for their support of the restaurant. Most staff has already been let go, and the doors will close for good on Monday, February 9.
So far, there’s no official word of what will replace the longtime tenant. Early signs pointed towards a possible B-Side Pizzeria, which Neroni dropped in New York City not long ago. Still others say it’s going to become The Rose, a revamped concept entirely, with Neroni at the helm. That could be tough, though, considering Neroni and Chait are already busy in the old Paiche space with their new restaurant Catch & Release.