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FiDi Heartbreak: Friedman and Bloomfield Ditch Plans for 70 Pine Restaurants

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The team behind The Breslin, The Spotted Pig, and The John Dory Oyster Bar won't be opening in the Financial District any time soon

[70 Pine photo via the developer: Friedman & Duo photo via Eater; Draper Photo via <a href="http://saddondraper.tumblr.com/">Tumblr</a>]
[70 Pine photo via the developer: Friedman & Duo photo via Eater; Draper Photo via Tumblr]

The Spotted Pig’s Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield are no longer planning to open a bar and restaurant atop the Art Deco building at 70 Pine in the Financial District. Developer Adam Rose tells the Post: "It became clear it wasn’t economically viable, given the direction they wanted to head in." When the deal was originally announced in spring 2015, it was pitched as a four-floor project, with two levels of casual dining, one floor for fine dining, and another for private events. Steve Cuozzo notes that Rose wanted Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield to open "an even more casual eatery than the partners were comfortable with." Friedman tells Steve Cuozzo: "We went through all kinds of incarnations....April and I don’t do fine dining." Friedman also says he’s "super sad" about the news.

The news is a major bummer for anyone who lives or works in the Financial District. But fans of Friedman and Bloomfield can look forward to their new Upper West Side restaurant, White Gold, which is slated to open later this year, as well as the reopening of Salvation Burger in Midtown East.