While looking up our neighborhood on Zagat today I came across this:
Patois is planning to close shop on Sunday after 31 years in business. But that isn't the whole story. The popular bistro's owners tell us they are hoping to move the restaurant across the street later this month from its current digs at 255 Smith St. to 254 Smith St. with a planed reopening in mid-February. Fingers crossed!
Here is the Times article.
Just like LeNell's in Red Hook, the reason for closing seems to be the inflation in rents.
Signaling a little discrepancy: Zagat says Patois has been open for 31 years, the Times says it opened in 1997.