With its lease set to expire in 2016, it's looking more and more likely that the Four Seasons will soon be forced to move. Rumor has long had it that when that day comes, the landlord, Aby Rosen, will jack up the rent and push the legendary favorite of Manhattan's power set out of the Seagram's Building, where it has lived for over 50 years. And while it's still possible that co-owner Julian Niccolini will negotiate a deal with Rosen and keep the restaurant where it is, he's clearly not banking on that.
According to the Commercial Observer, Niccolini is seriously considering a move south, and has supposedly been looking into a space at 280 Park Avenue, which last housed Haru sushi bar. Niccolini won't confirm that, nor will the realtors, but Niccolini does say that the Four Seasons team is "considering every opportunity available to us." This is also not the first time the restaurateur has been spotted scouting locations – back in September the Post claimed that he had been seen touring the construction site at 432 Park Avenue, though at the time he denied it was anything more than an opportunity for a selfie.
Whatever happens, Niccolini has already started planning a blowout bash for the day the restaurant's lease expires. And whether that marks the day that the Four Seasons packs up its china or simply the start of a new era of power lunches, guest can count on paying $1959 a head for the privilege of eating lobster thermidor and partying with the Four Seasons elite.