It's official now, Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield are opening a complex of restaurants at the top of the landmarked 70 Pine Street in the Financial District. Two weeks ago, Steve Cuozzo reported that the hit-making duo behind the Spotted Pig, the Breslin, and others, were in the final stages of negotiations for four floors at the pinnacle of the art deco building, and now he says they've sealed the deal.
In total, the pair are now in charge of 7,500 square feet of indoor space, plus another 2,500 square feet of outdoor terraces, which are guaranteed to be a killer spot for cocktails when the whole thing opens. They plan to devote one floor to fine dining, while two other will be more casual. The very top floor (the 66th), which is described by the Post as an "octagonal former private observatory," and probably has the best views in the whole place, will be used as a private event space. Bloomfield and Friedman will also operate a bar in the lobby of the building, where they intend to have people wait until their table is ready up top (there's only one express elevator, so the hope is to cut down on traffic jams).
Everything is being designed by hOme, the design studio responsible for restaurants like , Black Seed, , and Paulie Gee's. They should start construction in September, around the same time the building, which is currently being converted to luxury apartments, starts leasing those apartments.