The ongoing saga at The Purple Fig continues:
Yesterday, the restaurant was ordered closed by the Department of Health for operating without a permit.
This is the just the latest in a long string of posts involving TPF (250 W. 72nd, between Broadway & West End).
- 8/28: Purple Fig closes for “summer vacation”; horrible reviews and word of financial problems
- 9/10: Purple Fig misses “reopening” date; phone is disconnected
- 9/11: TPF offers Groupon
- 9/12: Phone reactivated, but no one picks up — still closed
- 9/13: Supposedly closed for renovation and reopening 9/14
To the best of my knowledge, they did not reopen on 9/14.
To be clear, being closed for operating without a permit is not a death knell. UWS wine bar Wine & Roses (286 Columbus, btw. 73rd/74th) faced a similar predicament back in July and reopened less than 24 hours later.
That said, I’ve officially given up trying to figure out what the hell is going on at The Purple Fig.
Given the restaurant’s mediocre-to-bad reviews, I stand by my assessment that it’s not long for this world (or at least the Upper West Side).
MUW reader @ManhattanMingle spotted a bunch of flat-screen TVs being installed the other day, so perhaps the space is in the process of being transformed into something else.
Thanks to MUW readers Chris W. & @Jacquibr for the tip/photo
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