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.'"
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.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.