— The Four Seasons auction begins today at 10 a.m. All of the legendary restaurant’s furniture and table settings are arranged in the space like it’s set for service. Curbed NY notes: "Philip Johnson’s banquettes, Mies Van der Rohe’s armchairs, Eero Saarinen’s tulip tables and stools, and Garth and Ada Louise Huxtable’s serving dishes and cutlery are all in place, but there’s no of thrum excitement of the staff preparing for an upcoming service because dinner is not to be." The restaurant’s grand finale in the Seagram Building was July 16. Now Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder are bringing The Four Seasons to 280 Park Ave. After the auction today, the Major Food Group will move in and create a new restaurant in this space.
— The Campbell Apartment’s last day inside Grand Central Terminal will be this Thursday, July 28. The MTA decided not to renew owner Mark Grossich’s lease earlier this year. Nightlife heavy hitter Scott Gerber is the new leaseholder. Grossich believes that the bidding process was unfair, so he’s suing the MTA. A rep for the MTA tells the Post: "The MTA and Mr. Grossich discussed allowing him to operate for a short time longer — including a letter of credit against any unpaid rent — but we were unable to agree on terms." The swanky cocktail parlor opened 17 years ago in a space that was once the private office of Jazz Age railroad executive John W. Campbell. Gerber will have to wait until the legal battle is resolved before he can open his new bar in this space.
— The Lafayette Street building that housed Puck Fair was demolished this week along with the former gas station space next door. A new 80,000 square-foot boutique/office building is going to be built on this site. Puck Fair closed at the end of March.
— Paowalla, chef Floyd Cardoz’s new restaurant at 195 Spring Street, is slated to open tomorrow. The menu will include a few throwbacks to his Tabla days (bacon naan, tamarind margaritas) plus new dishes like shishito pepper pakoras and rolls stuffed with chicken liver masala. The Robs mention that this new restaurant will have a "focus on shareable small plates." Stay tuned for more details on Cardoz’s newest restaurant later this week.
— Mina Newman, and alum of Christos Steak House, and Taku Nagai, a veteran of Ootoya, are planning to open a 44th Street restaurant specializing in Nekkai food. The Times notes that this cuisine "has its origins in 1889, when thousands of Japanese workers immigrated to Peru to work on the railroads." The menu will include purple potato onigiri, torched salmon ceviche, and octopus with black olive sauce. The restaurant, dubbed Sen Sakana, is slated to open this fall.
— The old Bara space at 51 East First Street is turning into a spinoff of Alphabet City favorite Esperanto. The menu will include empandas, Cubano sandwiches, and "Esperanto bowls."
— The R & L Restaurant sign disappeared from the top of the old Florent space on Gansevoort Street over the weekend. Jeremiah Moss notes that the storefront is being converted into a Madewell store. Documents filed with the Landmarks Preservation Committee mention "reinstallation of the existing signage," so hopefully, the chrome lettering will return once the work on the exterior is complete. The R & L floor tiles near the door are also gone.
— LES Rumormongering: Word on the street is that the Taqueria Diana team is looking to open a new location of the restaurant in the Clinton Street spaces that were previously home to C & C Prosperity Dumpling and a next-door pawn shop.
— And finally, here’s a look at the tasting menu at Semilla in Williamsburg: