This is all just a little weird. Last week, the Times-Pic reported that chef and co-owner Dominique Macquet would be leaving Dominique's on Magazine, the restaurant he opened just last year, to focus on his new concept at the forthcoming Hotel Modern as well as the new version of his Magazine Street restaurant. The implication was that the current restaurant would continue to operate with GM Jenny Smith still running the front of the house and chef Matt Farmer in the kitchen. But as of Anderson's writing they didn't know what it would be called.
The restaurant did reopen for a couple days this week as Apolline (pronounced app-uh-LEEN), but it's now closed again. Eater got a hold of Smith who said that because of "unforeseen circumstances," they decided to close to reassess. (Macquet took his sous chef, sommelier and head mixologist with him, so maybe staffing issues had something to do with it?) According to Smith, Apolline will reopen again, for good this time, on November 22. And according to the Dominique's Facebook page, it will reopen in its new, larger space in May 2012.
Meanwhile, this month's Saveur has a review of Dominique's on Magazine just raving about the restaurant and Macquet. It just became available online today, which in light of all the craziness going on, just seems kind of silly.