After over a decade in business, CBD Italian diner Sarti – known for serving Italian classics with a contemporary edge – closed its doors on August 3.

But this isn’t the end of the road for the site. Co-owner Joe Mammone is planning to transform the once dark and moody restaurant into a white, bright, contemporary space.

“I think after 13 years, with the change of the economy … it was time for a refresh,” Mammone tells Broadsheet. “I’m not going to say it was a hard decision. I’m actually looking forward to it.”

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Mammone – who also owns Il Bacaro, Bar Carolina and Tetto di Carolina – says the plan is still to offer contemporary Italian dishes, but this time with a lower pricepoint. That means simple pastas priced around $30, and plates that lend themselves more to communal meals than intimate one-on-ones.

After being closed for just a few days, the building is already undergoing renovations. Once complete, the new restaurant will include a smaller dining room and a larger bar, plus a terrace ideal for standing-room cocktail events.

Mammone and partners Michael Badr and Marco Tenuta will reopen the yet-to-be-named space in November.