It's the last night to dine at Gayle, chef Daniel Stern's first restaurant, before it closes for good. Stern has two other restaurants, R2L and MidAtlantic scheduled to open in the fall, so he's not disappearing for good, but it's the last chance to take in the fare at the tiny Queen Village spot. No word so far on what might happen with the space, which had a long run as Azafran before Stern took it over. Here's his goodbye letter.
Dear friends, guests and colleagues,
It has been a pleasure getting to know all of you over the past five years, and we want to thank you for helping us to make Gayle the restaurant that it is; we could not have done it without your support and the passion you have had for what we do. These relationships make it very difficult to share with you the news that we will not be renewing our lease and that Gayle's last dinner service will take place on Friday, September 4. We look forward to serving you, sharing memories and creating new ones for the rest of the summer.
While we are sad to close Gayle, we are very excited to bring that same energy, passion, creativity, service and food to two new projects that will open this fall: MidAtlantic, located at the Science Center in University City, which will be a modern taproom dedicated to regional food and drink, and R2L, located at Two Liberty Place in Center City, which will be a tribute to modern cocktail cuisine.
Thank you for being a part of our lives over the past five years at Gayle. We are very excited to share what¹s next with all of you and look forward to seeing you soon.
Daniel Stern and the entire team at Gayle