Clinton Hill’s boundary-pushing bistro The Finch is permanently closing, owner and chef Gabe McMackin has announced on the restaurant’s website.
McMackin didn’t specifically cite economic pressures from COVID-19 as the reason for the shutdown, but rather said in general that it was “time to close The Finch and find a new path.” In a phone interview with Eater, McMackin confirmed that a number of factors, including a struggling host relationship, had an impact on the shutdown. “For some time now, we have spent much of our energy fighting against the end of this restaurant rather than enjoying its life,” McMackin said in the announcement. “And we can no longer sustain that effort. It’s time for us to be still, and to let this restaurant go.”