Many thanks to a tipster for forwarding along word that MIX, the small plates redesign of Barrio, on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Third Street, was not open for dinner service last night. Could the axe have already fallen?
The restaurant has been a ghost town most nights since its relaunch last month, which was largely met with indifference by a neighborhood tired of small, pricey plates. Even though they put a lot of work into designing a new menu (and redesigning the space), and the food itself looks pretty good, there's really nothing they offer that's been enticing new customers through the door.
Even though they're supposed to be open every day by 11:30 AM (and at 3 on Mondays- Wednesdays), the ominous metal gates have oftentimes been down well into the afternoon. The signage they installed is already starting to peel, and word is that they were completely empty on Valentine's day, when even the most humdrum restaurants usually attract a couple patrons.
If MIX is in fact closed for good, that would certainly be a record of some sort.