It’s the end of an era on the Lower East Side, where the slow march of gentrification is pushing out yet another business that helped make a once-seedy neighborhood the destination it is today. After an 11-year run, Wylie Dufresne‘s pioneering restaurant, wd~50, will close next month.

In the Time video above, Dufresne talks about how he considers his fellow wd~50 chefs family. He says,

“There’s a lot of emotions tied up in this space. I’m trying to push those sad bits off until the very end. We’re going to go down swinging.

This extended family’s esteem and affection for Dufresne was made evident in April this year, when 30 internationally-acclaimed chefs threw him a surprise dinner party to celebrate the eatery’s 11th anniversary.

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