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Restoration Hardware—purveyor of catalogs that weigh as much as your average pug—needs another place to put all of those distressed apothecary chests and rustic barn tables in its glossy pages. Which may be why the company has filed a lease document to take over the Pastis building on Ninth Avenue.
And while nothing has been finalized (the owner of the building tells DNAinfo that "we don't know yet" who the next tenant will be), the move wouldn't be surprising, considering the company's recent push to open super-fancy lifestyle stores (or "galleries," in RH-speak).
This development doesn't necessarily mean restaurateur Keith McNally's plan to reopen Pastis is dunzo, though. Back in February, he promised the Meatpacking District eatery was just on hiatus while the building underwent some renovations.
So perhaps Restoration Hardware plans to keep Pastis's space intact, while they take over the remainder of the address (it was just approved for a mysterious metal and glass addition on its roof).
Or! Maybe Ninth Avenue is going to be "RH guesthouse"—that Restoration Hardware hotel the company's CEO was rumored to be opening in 2016. Imagine: a RH catalog on every bedside table.
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