2 well-known operators to shutter indie restaurants

David Chang and Danny Meyer will close units in 2018, another sign of challenging times for the restaurant industry.

Two high-profile multiconcept operators have announced restaurant closures—yet another testament to the tough conditions plaguing the industry.

Ma Peche, an experimental full-service restaurant from David Chang, will close in June. And Danny Meyer’s North End Grill, a French-American fine-dining spot, will shutter at the end of the year. Both are in New York City.

It’s only the second time Chang has closed a restaurant in almost 15 years, and just the third time for Meyer in his three-decade-long career.

Chang’s Momofuku group will try to find jobs within the company for Ma Peche’s 75 employees, the group said in a statement.

North End Grill’s head chef Eric Korsh left the restaurant at the end of 2017 following numerous allegations of sexual harassment against him, as detailed in an Eater investigation. Executive Chef Emily Brekke plans to run the kitchen until North End Grill closes its doors.

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