Regional, the Italian restaurant and wine bar at 2607 Broadway between 98th and 99th streets, has announced that its last day of business will be Sunday, May 28.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the permanent closure of Regional Wine Bar and Restaurant on Sunday, May 28th,” Regional’s website states. “Over the years, you have become more than just patrons to us; you have become an integral part of our restaurant family.”
The last night will be a “farewell celebration” the owners are dubbing “The Last Supper,” encouraging long-time patrons to make their reservations now.
A friend of the owners says the reason the restaurant is closing is because the landlord is increasing the rent from $10,000 to $20,000 per month, stating that the owner “fought for a long time struggling to keep the place open and to try to negotiate with the landlord but it just didn’t happen and he had no choice but to close down.” We’ve reached out to Regional for comment.
The owners, brothers Dario and Pierpaolo Arenella, “opened Regional back in 2006 with on the wings of their successful sister restaurants like La Giara and La Gioconda.”
Never liked it. Inattentive staff. Mediocre food. And when I went they had the doors all open with the air conditioner running on a humid summer day, creating a rainstorm of drips from the vent system over the table. We kept having to flag down the server who was in what must have been a great conversation with the bartender our entire meal.