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Waiting for Yau: Park Chinois Aborted

The Post courtesy of Steve Cuozzo delivers the final chapter of our Gramercy Hotel/Park Chinios/Alan Yau saga, which we've been tracking since November. The much anticipated Yau venue has been aborted.

February 8, 2007 -- THE hotly anticipated Chinese restaurant in the Gramercy Park Hotel from London-based Alan Yau won't get to see the Year of the Pig. Gramercy Park owner Ian Schrager tells Post restaurant columnist Steve Cuozzo that the opening, which has been postponed several times, is off for good. Yau runs London's Michelin-starred Hakkasan and was supposed to launch Park Chinois at the Gramercy Park last fall. "We were 100 percent committed to devoting the time and effort necessary to create the one-of-a-kind experience Alan is known for," Schrager said. But, "The challenges of coordinating our preparations across three continents were ultimately out of sync with our timeline. We do not wish to keep our clientele waiting any longer. Alan is a genius and a friend. I look forward to opportunities to work with him in the future." Yau had similar kind words for Schrager, who wouldn't say what he'll put into the hot hotel's restaurant space. But he mentioned he's just back from China. Is that a clue? "Yes," Schrager said. "I don't think the kind of Chinese food we want to serve is available in this country. I will be excited to announce the new plan in coming days."
· Chinese Shuffle at Gramercy [NYP]
· Waiting for Yau: Delays Could Extend into November [~E~]
· Park Chinois Downgraded from 'Spring 07' to 'No Opening Date' [~E~]