Party like It's 1880
Top Chef judge and chap behind the Craft empire Tom Colicchio has stayed tight-lipped about his upcoming restaurant project in Manhattan's Beekman hotel in the Financial District. That is, until yesterday. He tells Eater that the restaurant will be called Fowler and Wells, after two phrenologists who used to work in the building.
The name won't be the only nod to the past when the restaurant opens this May or June. Inspired by the refurbished 1880s space—now a 290-room hotel with two restaurants and a lounge—Colicchio's menu will feature dishes that were popular around the turn of the century: Think lobster thermidor, beef Wellington and old-school cocktails. "For me, I always felt that the space should go hand in hand with the food," Colicchio says.
Balthazar's Keith McNally will also open a restaurant in the hotel, and in true McNally style, it will be of the French persuasion. Once a whispered rumor that this would be the revival of his much-missed Pastis, we now know that Pastis will return to the Meatpacking District, but what type of French restaurant McNally has in mind for The Beekman is still anyone's guess.
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