After a year and a half on 39th Street, chef Pete Peterman has made the decision to close Peanches (900 West 39th Street). Peterman’s third venture was a restaurant that asked you to place yourself in the chef’s hands and allow him to show you what could be done with ingredients from Missouri. If you were willing to accept that dining contract, you would be rewarded with a meal that had you sopping up Peterman’s sauce with the bread baked in his kitchen.
But his determination to shape the dining experience proved to be a hurdle that some diners couldn’t overcome. In the past two years, Peterman’s personality (The Pitch’s Charles Ferruzza called him “iconoclastic,” and The Star’s Steve Paul suggested he was “the Charles Mingus of chef/restaurateurs”) and the dining format of a reservation-only, prix-fixe meal (which the chef eventually adjusted to allow for walk-ins and a la carte ordering) was at times the story, rather than the food.
The final night of dining at Peanches — this Saturday, December 28 — will feature a $35 fixed price meal with an optional $24 wine pairing. You can make a reservation online or by calling 816-709-1032.