Wexler's, the popular Financial District outpost for wings, Scotch eggs and smoked meats, will close its doors after service on June 26. The decision to close comes after six years of serving upscale barbecue, earning accolades along the way.
Owner Matt Wexler, along with chef Charlie Kleinman, made the decision to close the restaurant in order to focus on family. Wexler says he's ready to spend more quality time with his two young children, telling Inside Scoop that "the time that it takes to run a restaurant, especially a smaller size restaurant, doesn't coincide with trying to be a dad."
As for Kleinman, who earned a Michelin star during his time at Fifth Floor, he's ready for a break, too. "When I started Wexler's I was single. Now I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with my wife. Plus, I haven't sat down in 16 years." In the meantime, the chef plans to do some menu consulting around town and explore new opportunities. "I'm extremely proud of what Matt and I have accomplished over the past six years," he said. "But, I'm excited for something new."
Wexler's Back, the catering arm of Wexler's, will also dissolve; no concrete plans for the space, though Wexler is currently in the process of putting it on the market. In the meantime, fans should head down for a last feast before they close at the end of next week.