“After much thought and consideration, we have closed Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen,” they also wrote on their Facebook page Monday.
The renowned Forest Hills restaurant serving a mix of Spanish and French cuisines announced in September that it will be closing by the end of the year because it was not able to renew its lease due to a contract disagreement that was not rent related.
The owners said at the time, that they were working on finding a new space for the restaurant.
The eatery at 104-02 Metropolitan Ave. was planning to remain open until the end of the year. In the remaining three months before its scheduled closing the owners were also trying a new menu featuring contemporary French cuisine.
But the fire, which broke out on Nov. 1 in the boiler room, caused severe damage, the restaurant and FDNY said.
“We did suffer damages to the electrical in the basement, water and smoke damage,” Audrey Brown, one of the owners, said in an email earlier this month. “We are doing our best to get up and running, but it is quite a climb, the boiler room has to be re-built and we still don't have our refrigerators back.”
On Monday, the owners posted a message that the restaurant won’t be reopening.
“We would like to thank all of our wonderful customers, family, friends and anyone who bussed a table, chopped an herb or washed a dish with us,” they said in the message.
“We have accomplished some great things over the years, both professional and personal. It has been a wonderful journey and a privilege to spend the last 9 1/2 years with you," they wrote. "We will be back!”
The eatery was awarded its first Michelin star in 2011, and until last year it was the only eatery in Queens to receive that honor. The restaurant has not, however, received the star in the Michelin Guide New York City 2016.
Earlier this year, the owners were trying to open another location in Long Island City, but that project fell through.