This week starts with some sad news for fans of chef David Antonelli and his Scottsdale restaurant The Brooklyn Cafe.
According to an announcement on the restaurant's Facebook page, Antonelli has sold the business. The bright side is you still have a chance to get one last meal in since The Brooklyn Cafe's last day won't be until Saturday, April 19.
"Growing up in a family that owned restaurants in New York, I would hear some great stories about friends in the business," the post says. "One of my uncle's friends was the greatest of them all, Sirio Maccioni. Sirio once said, 'The greatest days of a restaurant owner's life is the day he opens, and then the day he sells it.'"
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The restaurant, located on McDonald Drive in Scottsdale, was called Voltaire for more than 20 years, during which time the fine-dining restaurant was known for classic French cuisine.
But in August 2013, Antonelli relaunched the restaurant as The Brooklyn Cafe, with a new menu and more casual atmosphere. As we wrote in our recent review, the new iteration managed to transition into current times while still staying true to those old-school roots. At The Brooklyn Cafe, Antonelli uses his classic culinary skills to offer diners classically prepared dishes that can be hard to come by today.
The Brooklyn Cafe will be open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, through Saturday, April 19. For reservations, call 480-948-1005.