The fine dining temple from Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, Eleven Madison Park is about to undergo a facelift. The three Michelin-star restaurant will close this summer so the team can renovate both the dining room and kitchen, multiple sources close to the restaurant tell Eater.
It’s not clear yet how long the restaurant will be closed or how the restaurant will change, but word is that Humm and Guidara will be bringing on big players for the project. Plans are also in the works to send the restaurant’s staff to work elsewhere during construction. A spokeswoman from the restaurant did not immediately have a comment.
Humm and Guidara joined the restaurant in 2006 under the ownership of Danny Meyer, who first opened it in 1998. They renovated it in 2010, making updates like reducing the number of seats. In 2011, Humm and Guidara bought the place — turning it into one of the world’s most renowned upscale restaurants. Besides earning three Michelin stars, World’s 50 Best Restaurants list ranked EMP third in the world last year — higher than any other restaurant in the United States. But they haven’t had any major overhauls of the space or kitchen in about seven years.
Eleven Madison Park isn’t the only luxe restaurant to plan a revamp recently. Thomas Keller has been working on a $10 million update of The French Laundry since 2014, and it’s almost done. And last year, Nick Kokonas and Grant Achatz unveiled a new version of their esteemed Chicago tasting restaurant Alinea, about 11 years after they first opened. The update was well-received.
Stay tuned for more information on the new version of Eleven Madison Park.
— With reporting from Beth Landman