The space housing Queen Village's Kanella South — which closed in January with plans to reopen after reorganization — is being marketed, but chef/owner Konstantinos Pitsillides says he is trying to put together a deal to save the business
"We just have to explore options," said building owner Fred Vidi, who affixed a banner to the facade late last week.
Pitsillides and Caroline Christian opened the restaurant, at 757 S. Front St., in fall 2015 as a fancier sibling of Kanella Grill, their long-running BYOB at 10th and Spruce Streets. Kanella Grill remains open, and Pitsillides said he was redoubling his efforts there while Front Street is closed.
"The transition from a sweet, little corner to a much larger restaurant was much more than we had anticipated," Christian said in January.
In a January interview, she said the city wanted $30,000 as part of a larger tax bill as officials affixed a cease-operations notice on the door. City officials generally do not disclose tax debts during negotiations.
Kanella South followed a bistro called Village Belle to its an early demise. Previously, Vidi himself operated Frederick's, a swish Italian supper club, on the site for two dozen years.