Blue Ribbon brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg have taken over the space on the ground floor of the luxury "residence hotel'' AKA Wall Street at 84 Williams Street. The duo plans to open Blue Ribbon Federal Grill in November or December. Eric Bromberg tells Eater: "We are looking forward to bringing a new member of the Blue Ribbon family to downtown Manhattan and providing exceptional customer service in a welcoming environment." And Bruce notes: "Our FiDi eatery will embody the original founding spirit of Blue Ribbon Restaurants - it will be a causal, fun place that we would be happy returning to day after day with business associates, family or friends. We are excited to be creating a new dining and drinking destination in the Financial District." As you may recall, Wylie Dufresne was originally going to open a restaurant in this hotel, but he parted ways with AKA earlier this year.
Meanwhile, word on the street is that the brothers might be taking over the space that housed Morton's Grille at 233 Park Avenue South, just down the street from the new Union Square Cafe. Stay tuned for more details on that move as they become available.