Jose Garces Is Closing Amada New York, Hints at “Revival” of Two A.C. Spots

The chef’s Battery Park City outpost lasted less than two years, but he’s looking to reopen Amada and Distrito Cantina from the former Revel.

From left: Amada NYC | Facebook; Jose Garces | AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Jose Garces is closing the New York version of Amada, his first and still iconic Philadelphia restaurant. According to the Tribeca Citizen, which first discovered the pending closing at a public meeting, the 7,000-square-foot space in Battery Park City might have been “too big” for the business Garces was doing at his Spanish tapas joint. The restaurant’s last day is March 31st.

Garces just opened the New York location in spring 2016, making this a quick end for the restaurant. This news follows word that Garces or his restaurants are facing lawsuits for allegedly unpaid bills and rent totaling more than $280,000.

Garces Group issued this statement:

It is with a heavy heart that we share this news and thank everyone involved at Amada NYC for their hard work and dedication over the last few years. This business is not an easy one, but we have certainly learned from this venture in the Big Apple. We are looking forward to new beginnings with the anticipated revival of Amada and Distrito Cantina in Atlantic City coming this summer. Our flagship restaurant Amada in Philadelphia remains open and continues to  serve our valued customers.

A Garces Group spokesperson would not confirm the new locations of the two A.C. restaurants, which closed in 2014 when their former home, the Revel, shut down.