MEATPACKING DISTRICT — The Meatpacking District's landmark restaurant Pastis has found a new home.
But the restaurateur said the new Pastis will be very different from the old.
"I'll be changing Pastis and it'll be quite different," McNally told DNAinfo New York in an email sent Tuesday night.
"I wouldn't be interested in reproducing the old Pastis. This is a very different time."
In a second message, he said, "The look and menu and style of food will be quite different from that of the old Pastis."
The two companies also owned the old Pastis building, which Aurora is developing into a flagship store for Restoration Hardware. Originally, McNally had said Pastis was closing just for renovations, but later revealed the Ninth Avenue spot was shuttering permanently.
The building's development resulted in a young undocumented construction worker's death in April in an incident that resulted in criminal charges for two contractors and the suspension of a third’s license to operate anywhere in the city.
The Gansevoort Market building currently holds a high-end food court, with stalls selling pricey groceries and prepared foods. The market opened in 2014 with a two-year lease, Aurora Capital partner Jared Epstein said at an informal neighborhood meeting Tuesday night.
He said the earliest the market would move out was the "third quarter of 2016," with Pastis not opening until 2017.
A spokeswoman for the market did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but its founder Chris Reda was at Tuesday's meeting held in his own office above the sprawling marketplace where the lease signing was mentioned by Aurora Capital partner Jared Epstein.