Melfi’s will reopen Monday after a six-month closure due to the pandemic. The King Street restaurant will move forward with the same general manager (Adam Gainer), chef (Ashley Kegu) and menu serving Roman-style pizzas, house-made pastas and classic negronis.
“It’s been a lot of false starts, but a lot of the people who work at Melfi’s have been working at our other restaurants,” said Brooks Reitz, whose restaurant portfolio also includes Leon’s Oyster Shop, Little Jack’s Tavern and Monza Pizza Bar.
The restaurant had plans to reopen on Sept. 1, but structural issues with the second floor caused a delay, Reitz said. Ensuing construction led Reitz and his team to consider making the space a part of Melfi’s. Before the pandemic, the second floor was leased out separately.
Reitz said he isn’t sure what they will use the space for moving forward, but they are “working with the city” on plans to incorporate it into Melfi’s.