Tribeca: Two days after it was reported that restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten had pulled out of negotiations for the failed Ago space, the Times reports that Greenwich Hotel owners Robert DeNiro and Richard Born have hired Andrew Carmellini, one of the most notable free agent chefs in the city, to head up their new plan for the space. The Times also notes that the owners have bagged Lever House's Josh Picard for front of the house, and the Spotted Pig's Ken Friedman (who perhaps lost a bet) to act as design consultant. On the botched JGV deal:
"'Jean-Georges is the best chef in New York, but he’s French,' Mr. Born said, paraphrasing a conversation with his partners and consultants. 'And right now I’m talking to the best Italian chef in New York.'"Oh boy. This is going to be fun to watch. Stay tuned for our update after the restaurant reps hit up next month's Community Board 1 meeting to try to nab a liquor license transfer.
· Carmellini’s a Go at Ago [Diner's Journal]
· Ago-a-No-Go: Jean-Georges Drops Ago Deal [~E~]
· All Andrew Carmellini Coverage [~E~]