After opening one of Manhattan's newest restaurants in his dorm room, an innovative senior at Columbia University has been forced to close up shop (video below).
Jonah Reider, the owner of Pith, has reached an unprecedented level of success. Although his project was "very much intended to not be a restaurant," Pith's popularity greatly expanded past his fellow college students.
"I thought I was doing really well," he said, as noted by the Daily Mail. "But I'm not making any money from this, and I'm about to get booted from my apartment."
Despite his popularity, which allegedly involves having a waitlist of over 4,000 reservations and an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Reider has been forced to put the project on hold, at least for the time being.
"I am writing to inform you that I will terminate your sublease effective May 31, 2016 per Columbia Housing's instructions," wrote Reider’s landlord in an email, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. "Ongoing issues that have been relayed to me by the university have made this necessary."
The message cited “conditions hazardous to all tenants in a faculty building” as the official reason for booting Reider from the premises. Since dorm kitchens cannot be utilized to facilitate commercial restaurant activity, as stated by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Pith’s location was destined to change sooner or later.
"Columbia's official magazine hit me up to write an article about it," Reider said. "After expressing some of my sentiments about the university and our relationship, they were like, 'We'll hold the article for a little bit.'"
Reider hopes to find new accommodation and another space for Pith, such as "a large New York City apartment that is underutilized." In the meantime, the student chef is preparing for finals and hosting artistic "dining performances" that combine his cuisine with live orchestral performances.