Sad news out of The Pearl this afternoon: Chef Jesse Perez and co. have decided to close Arcade Midtown Kitchen after two years of operation. The restaurant's last day of operation will be Sunday, June 28.
Perez, who has 20 years of restaurant experience, will focus his efforts on expanding Oxido, the fast-casual Chipotle-esque eatery he and business partner Daihwan Choi opened earlier this year.
"I’m incredibly thankful for all of the support Arcade Midtown Kitchen has received over the past couple of years. We’ve experienced great successes as a restaurant, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family and diving into new business endeavors and adventures,” said Perez in a press release issued by The Pearl's PR company. “After twenty years of focusing my energies in the kitchen, I am interested in more entrepreneurial freedom to explore different concepts."
Chef, who showed us the greatness of a lobster taco, chile lime calamari and a badass brunch, will continue his work under the Convention and Visitors Bureau's Culinary Taskforce and Culinaria.
There's no word on what will fill the Arcade space in the future yet.