Bess Bistro, the upscale restaurant on West Sixth, is shutting down on Sunday, September 20. The space will turn over to new owners, who will transform the space into a different concept, which isn’t known yet. Walton’s Fancy and Staple, its sister deli across the street, will still remain open. A rep confirmed that all private events already booked will still be honored.
There had been several chef shuffles at Bess Bistro, including Camden Sturzenberger and Janelle Reynolds in 2011. There was a culinary focus switch from French Cajun to New American with French, Asian, and Spanish influences under new chef Roman Murphy last fall. The restaurant opened in 2006 and actress Sandra Bullock is still attached to it.
Update, 4:44 p.m.: A rep for Bess Bistro told Eater that the new concept will involve tapas in a restaurant and lounge setting from a local group.