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The Beatrice Inn will have new digs, new dishes and a new name next year

Angie Mar’s modern-day meat palace will shutter after New Year’s Eve service and return as a new concept in the West Village.

By Christina Izzo
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Two weeks after news hit that lease negotiations were heating up between owner-chef Angie Mar and building landlords, it seems the fate of The Beatrice Inn has been decided: After nearly a century of occupying the historic space at 285 West 12th Street, the speakeasy–turned–sceney chophouse will shutter after its final service on December 31.

But, unlike the tale of many recent New York restaurant closures, this one has a happy ending. “The Bea” will live on right next door in the former Blenheim space, bringing its restaurant team, historical bona fides and name (well, mostly—they’re dropping the “Inn” part) with it come spring 2021.

The airy, big-windowed space will be a departure from the moody subterranean digs of the former location (don’t worry, that soft ‘n’ supple velvet banquette will also make the move), and a new menu will also differentiate the reimagined concept from the restaurant’s original run. Yes, beef will still be served—expect dry-aged cuts, though in smaller quantities, reports The New York Times—but the red-meat milieu will be punctuated with game birds and fresh shellfish.

In an Instagram post, Mar wrote, “Seven years ago, I descended the steps into the underbelly of West 12th Street for the first time. Over the years, I created a nocturnal world to escape to, and one that I fell head over heels in love with. It has been my home, and home to so many who love it as much as I do…But when one door closes, a window always opens. I finally realized, that the magic that is currently held within the walls at 285 West 12th Street, is there because my team created it. And that magic, those feelings, will be with us wherever we go.”

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