Last month, Tom Colicchio bid adieu to 84 10th Avenue, the space that housed Colicchio & Sons for six years and Craftsteak for four years before that. And now, as rumored, Michelin star collector Joël Robuchon is going to reopen his dearly departed tasting counter L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in that space. The members of the CB4 gave initial approval to the Robuchon team’s liquor license application earlier this week. Christophe Bellanca, who helmed the kitchen of L’Atelier when it was in the Four Seasons Hotel, will be returning as executive chef of this new restaurant. If everything goes according to plan, the new L’Atelier will open in the spring.
Robuchon has nine other outposts of this high-end chain around the world. For about a year, he was planning to reopen the restaurant in Brookfield Place, but he backed out of the space last winter. In addition to this revamp of L’Atelier, the Mac Daddy of Fancy French Food is also opening a casual market/dining room at 100 East 53rd Street called Joël Robuchon Restaurant. Stay tuned for more details on both forthcoming Robuchon projects as they become available.