Celestino has closed and will be replaced by a “family” restaurant serving Cajun comfort food called the Blind Pig. The owner is Lawrence Page, who also owns the Pink Tea Cup in Fort Greene.
They will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. They hope to open by the end of June, said Page at the Community Board 3 meeting last night, where he was applying for a liquor license. (The board voted to send a letter of support.)
Menu items will include jambalaya, pecan-crusted catfish, fried chicken, a burger, crawfish pasta, a lobster roll, and shrimp and grits. There will also be cocktails such as a gin fizz and a sazerac. Prices will be set so a whole family could have dinner, said Page; the jambalaya will be $12.
The restaurant at 562 Halsey Street in Bed Stuy plans to hire workers in the neighborhood. “I know everyone in Bed Stuy,” said Page. “What, are we going to hire people from Queens? It doesn’t make sense.” He has a TV show coming out on VH1 next year, he added.
Celestino was an offshoot of Saraghina, started by former Saraghina chef and co-owner Massimiliano Nanni. Page said Nanni called him about the space and that it closed because there wasn’t enough business for a seafood-focused restaurant in that location. “Celestino is going out of business because they do a lot of fish,” said Page.
A sign on Celestino said “closed for renovations” when we went by.