CLINTON HILL — After only a year of serving up coffee and pastries on Fulton Street, Tilda All Day has closed with plans to reopen as an oyster bar — following heated differences between its owners, court documents show.
Samantha Safer filed to remove co-founder Daniel Nusbaum as a managing partner for the restaurant, located at the corner of Fulton Street and St. James Place, according to a complaint filed in Kings County Civil Court on Sept. 8.
The arguments between Safer and Nusbaum, who allegedly had no prior experience in the restaurant business, began soon after opening the eatery — from the “aesthetics of the space, down to which napkins should be used” — according to the court papers.
Among several other allegations, the complaint states that Nusbaum insisted on keeping Tilda All Day as a coffee and pastry shop instead of expanding to a restaurant and bar with a full liquor license, as the two co-owners initially agreed upon.
Nusbaum instigated arguments with staff members and would “often berate or humiliate staff for actual and perceived errors,” leading to the eventual resignation of head chef Claire Welle, the complaint said.
Nusbaum did not immediately comment on the closing, which was first reported by Eater.
A sign posted on the now-shuttered restaurant’s window says, “We will be temporarily closed for kitchen renovations. Check back in a week.”
Safer said she plans to reopen the restaurant on Oct. 1 as a nighttime bar and oyster spot. The restaurant will have the same feel, but it will no longer serve breakfast, lunch or coffee, she said.
“That was part of the original plan, to be open in the evenings,” she said.
The restaurant’s new hours will be 5 p.m. to midnight, Safer added.