Tosca Café — the centenarian restaurant that was taken over by embattled chef Ken Friedman and ex-business partner April Bloomfield in 2013 — is closing while the restaurant ushers in new management.
“Tosca Cafe will close temporarily as I prepare to transfer this iconic restaurant to new management,” April Bloomfield, chef and owner, told Eater. “The conversation is still in-progress, so I can’t comment further, but I expect the restaurant to return to full operation in the near future.”
This is only one closure in a long string of issues for the former power restaurant duo. In December 2017, Ken Friedman — then-owner of The Spotted Pig and the Breslin Bar & Dining Room in New York City — was accused of sexual misconduct from 10 women, including unwanted sexual advances, explicit text messages, and groping. The allegations overlap with accusations of sexual misconduct against Mario Batali, many of which allegedly took place at The Spotted Pig.
In June 2018, April Bloomfield split from her former business partner and the two divided their restaurant group. Later in October, she spoke out in a New York Times interview, saying she “Failed a lot of people” when she did not initially speak out against her ex-business partner’s behavior.
In January 2019, Bloomfield closed her Los Angeles restaurant Hearth & Hound after only 15 months in business.
A representative for Bloomfield could not be reached for further comment.