GOWANUS – The restaurant in the former A&E Supply Co. space has shuttered three months after relaunching as Bar Salumi.
Located at 548 4th Avenue (at 15th Street), neighbors say the beleaguered eatery has been closed for approximately two weeks, according to Gothamist. The phone number is not in service and the venue’s Yelp page lists it as “closed.”
Bar Salumi’s owners, Chef Adam Harvey and General Manager Ennio Di Nino, have been plagued with problems at the 4th Avenue corner storefront since debuting A & E Supply Co., a restaurant/café/butcher/cheese shop, in February 2017.
In June of that year, a Con Edison transformer explosion cut the power at the restaurant for two weeks, damaged the business’s air conditioning and refrigeration systems, and spoiled approximately $60,000 worth of perishable food items. Harvey and Di Nino were forced to let go of their staff and close up shop.
When the pair reopened the butcher shop portion of A&E in Fall 2017, they decided to get the word out by spray painting the A&E Supply Co. logo around the neighborhood. Though they used temporary paint for their marketing campaign, locals became enraged at their “vandalizing the neighborhood,” inciting a social media storm between Harvey and angry residents.
The business officially closed in December 2017. In April 2018, A & E Supply Co. was rechristened Bar Salumi and the space reopened as a neighborhood Italian restaurant.
Shortly after the relaunch, Harvey got himself embroiled in another controversy. This time he was arrested in May for allegedly attempting to poison his neighbor’s seven-story maple because the tree was blocking the solar panels on the former Top Chef contestant’s new Windsor Terrace home, the New York Daily News reported. Harvey is scheduled to return to court on September 12, according to Eater.
BKLYNER reached out to Di Nino for more information about Bar Salumi’s closing but did not hear back prior to publishing.