Lady Gaga's Restaurant May Go Bye Bye
By Leslie Albrecht
UPPER WEST SIDE — Where will Ms. Poker Face get her linguini with clams now?
Vince and Eddie's, the Upper West Side restaurant that Lady Gaga invested in, appears to be closed — perhaps temporarily.
A sign in the window says Vince & Eddie's is under renovation and will re-open soon. The restaurant's phone number has been disconnected, and an e-mail to Vince & Eddie's bounced back as undeliverable.
Employees at a nearby business said Vince & Eddie's waiters showed up for work over the weekend and were surprised to find the restaurant shut, leaving them to ask neighborhood merchants if they knew what had happened.
News broke last fall that Lady Gaga — whose parents live within walking distance of Vince & Eddie's on West 68th and Columbus Avenue — was an investor in the cozy eatery, which serves American, Italian and Continental fare.
Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, grew up on the Upper West Side and her parents are regulars at the restaurant, owner Peter Digiuseppi told DNAinfo in November.
But Vince & Eddie's wasn't keen on exploiting its connection to one of the world's most famous pop stars.
Digiuseppi recently told DNAinfo that fans would sometimes call the restaurant — on the telephone, naturally — and ask if Gaga was there.
Digiuseppi said he made it a point to never to reveal that information.
"Even if she was here, I wouldn't tell them," Digiuseppi said. "Does she eat here once in a while, yes. Does it matter to me? No."
Digiuseppi said Gaga's connection to the restaurant hadn't affected business, for better or worse.
Vince & Eddie's didn't score well on its most recent health report, with inspectors finding "evidence of rats" and surfaces that weren't properly washed.