White-hot NYC chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, who run Carbone and Dirty French, are the new owners of the landmark $30 million space that housed the iconic Four Seasons restaurant, and they have grand plans for how to reinvent the restaurant. First launched in 1959, the Four Seasons closes on July 16 and will reopen under their ownership (along with their Major Food Group partner Jeff Zalaznick) in 2017. One of the ideas the new owners had in mind? To create separate masculine and feminine spaces in the dining area.
According to the New York Times, Carbone and Torrisi wanted to create a restaurant that looks both backwards—at the Four Seasons's gilded age in the late 1950s and '60s—and forwards, to the present and future. The old Grill Room space would represent the past and serve vintage dishes of the era. But that's not all: As the New York Times reported, "Carbone and his two partners...want the tone of the room to be masculine, meat-embracing and signified by the brisk confidence of the Kennedy years." Meanwhile, the former Pool Room would be all about the 21st century. According to the NYT, Torrisi "said the room would have a more feminine feel, a menu revolving around vegetables and seafood, and service that would not shrink from tableside extravagance."
In other words, it'll still be 1959. In both rooms. The chefs' plans caused a bit of a dust-up, so the Mad Men gender concept may not be long for this world. What to expect, then? Stay tuned.
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