The wraps will be off Bud & Marilyn's at 13th and Locust soon...

The gastropub Rhino got good reviews from both food writers and Yelpers during its way-too-brief existence at 13th and Locust streets in Washington Square West's Midtown Village-Gayborhood section, closing after only a few months in business in late 2013.

Not long after it closed, dynamic-duo restaurateurs Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran acquired the property and the smaller space next door, where Rhino predecessor Fish had moved to before it too shut down. The pair opened an intimiate Italian eatery called Little Nonna's in that space.

A recent swing past the property shows they're almost ready to open another.

The wraps are still on the windows and the Rhino sign still over the door, but the pair's website states that this will become a new restaurant called Bud & Marilyn's in "early 2015."

Foobooz reports that the restaurant is slated to open in late April with a retro feel—guess that's what the ribbed-glass louvers inside the windows and the weathered metal light fixtures are about—and a menu featuring classic American comfort food. We don't know whether that's what Turney's grandparents, for whom the restaurant is named, specialized in, but it would be quite a nice homage if it were. 

Obviously, there are still a few more finishing touches to add to the makeover, such as taking down that Rhino sign over the door (and presumably putting in a better-looking door that matches the decor). But it does look like Bud & Marilyn's is on track to open, if not at the end of this month, then early next month, just as the flowers bloom.

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