Monte's Venetian Room—the century-old Brooklyn restaurant that closed in 2008 and, it was recently revealed, will reopen as a different Italian restaurant—will keep the name Monte's. Previously it was thought it would be called Dominick's on Carroll. This, I guess, is decent news. Sort of.
But that's about it. It will be a different place, with a different owner, and different food. Dominick Castlevestri, the new owner, has managed to save and restore the bar. But the rest, including the murals and banquettes, were ripped out. They were "rotted," he said.
The building's owner, Frank Perone, by the way, gave an unexciting reason why Monte's closed. "Business was slow."