The Brasserie, a business lunch restaurant that sits directly below The Four Seasons, will close sometime in the near future, Steve Cuozzo reports. A rep for the Seagram Building's owner Aby Rosen explains that "The Brasserie wants to terminate their lease early," and that this will allow the building's management to "reprogram all of the restaurant spaces in their entirety and reinvigorate the dining experience." No word yet on when The Brasserie will take its final bow. Cuozzo first floated the rumor about the restaurant closing earlier this month.
The Brasserie was opened by Restaurant Associates — the company lead by visionary restaurateur Joe Baum — in the late 50s. Like The Four Seasons, it too had a dining room designed by influential architect Philip Johnson. After a fire damaged the dining room in 1995, the heavy hitters at Diller Scofidio + Renfro gave the space an update. It's not a foodie destination or a hot spot, but it is a Midtown business lunch/dinner/drinks fixture. The Brasserie is currently operated by Patina, the giant restaurant group that also runs Lincoln, The Sea Grill, and La Fonda Del Sol.
In other Seagram Building news, Rosen is dead-set on making some changes to the classic, landmarked Four Seasons space once Julian Niccolini and Co. leave. If the building owner gets his way, moveable planters will be added between the Grill Room bar and dining area, and some of the art will get swapped out for Rosen's favorites (The Post has a rendering of the Rosen redux).
In a profile in this week's New Yorker, Rosen also explains that he wants to tweak the food and the entire vibe of the restaurant: "It’s not like Aby’s doing an Indian or a Chinese restaurant...You want to have the guy coming to the Four Seasons who has the ripped jeans and a T-shirt equally as much as you want the guy with the Tom Ford suit." And yes, he did refer to himself in the third person. That's how Rosen rolls.
The Four Seasons lease expires next year. Meanwhile, Niccolini is dealing with a sexual abuse charges.