Capsouto Frères, the French bistro at 451 Washington Street that closed for repairs following Hurricane Sandy, will not reopen, and Town Residential has listed its 8,000-square-foot space for rent at $35,000 a month.
The restaurant was a culinary pioneer in Tribeca when it opened in the postindustrial downtown neighborhood in 1980. Along with The Odeon, which since-estranged brothers Keith and Brian McNally opened with Lynn Wagenknecht the same year, Capsouto Frères put Tribeca on the celebrity and yuppie map, paving the cobblestone way for its dramatic gentrification.
Alex Heydt of Town is the listing agent. The listing describes 4,900 square feet of ground floor space, a 3,100-square-foot basement, a 900-square-foot banquet hall and 14-foot ceilings. The current floor plan can hold 162 restaurant patrons.
Capsouto Frères was popular without being a scene, at least in its later years. The menu consisted of straightforward French classics, with the souffles drawing especially strong notices.