Adsum Closed, Gastropub Coming

Adsum has closed and will be replaced by a gastropub.

Adsum opened in July 2010 to much fanfare with Matt Levin in the kitchen of his own restaurant. The restaurant was an immediate darling of critics and off-duty chefs. Kool-Aid pickled watermelon and foie gras poutine were the talk of the town. A special dinner pairing Levin’s cooking with the now banned Four Loko drew national attention. But the restaurant never quite lived up to its stated goal of a refined neighborhood bistro. Co-owner Kar Vivekananthan lamented too many Queen Village neighbors would tell them they were intimidated by the menu.

In July Levin left and Vivekananthan went about remaking the restaurant into something more appealing to the neighborhood. Now the plan is to turn the space into a full-fledged gastropub with an expanded bar and a twelve tap draft system. Vivekananthan has brought in Rich Rivera (Agiato, Agiato Bread Co., Main Street Market and the upcoming Cervisia, Dos Vatos Tacos and the still promised Rubb) as a partner. In a twist we don’t quite understand yet, Rivera was originally going to do Rubb with Levin.

The goal is to reopen in three weeks.

Adsum is closed. But there’s more to it than that [The Insider]