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Florent Watch: Owner Confirmed, March 31st Earliest Closure Date

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Here now, three important updates on the closure of Florent, the Meatpacking District landmark with a very uncertain future:

1) Final clarification: Florent is controlled by Joanne Lucas through an LLC called Gansevoort Realty 69, LLC. According to public records, Lucas has a permanent address is Seekonk, MA. [Acris]

2) The Observer reports that Florent's lease expires on March 31, 2008. But there is a small glimmer of hope: "Mr. Morellet added that he is heading to court on February 4th to fight his landlord, a woman whose name he wouldn’t disclose. (He did, however, confirm that the owner is neither the Gottleib family nor the descendants of R&L, as was earlier reported elsewhere.) “My landlady made some mistakes about the lease, some major ones,” he said, adding that the space is being shopped around for $70,000 a month. “That’s a lot of boudin noir!” he laughed...Mr. Morellet’s lease is up on March 31, so the restaurant, he said, would definitely not close at the end of this month, but he refused to say whether or not he plans to renew the lease in the spring." [Observer]

3) Meanwhile, Cutlets has the lease on Florent up in May, and suggests that the brothers Martignetti (of Bar Martignetti fame) might be eyeing the space. [Cutlets]

· SHOCK CLAIM: Florent Restaurant to Close This Year? [~E~]

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