A new restaurant is taking a bet on success in the Trump Soho hotel space — even though the previous tenant closed after regulars ditched following the election.
Chef John Creger, a former Artisanal chef who’s worked at Le Cirque and Bar Americain, is taking over the space at 246 Spring Street, at Varick Street. The new restaurant Spring & Varick will serve modern American fare.
Pan-Asian clubstaurant Koi used to be in the space. It closed in April, with owners saying that business declined after the election due to the Trump name on the hotel. But Creger doesn’t think he’ll have the same issues, he says:
I feel like the previous establishment had become stagnant after time and with the political climate being so hot at election time, it faced backlash. The same backlash I hope to avoid with amazing food, decor, and service in a beautiful new space. We are all very excited about the opportunity and what we are trying to do. We employ an amazing staff of diverse individuals all with the same goal and intent for our guests.
Business dealings with President Donald Trump’s hotels have increasingly become political ever since he started spouted inflammatory and offensive comments during the election. Besides the closing of Koi, high profile chefs such as Jose Andres have left projects emblazoned with Trump’s name.
But regarding the name of the controversial president on the hotel, Creger says: “I am not a political person; my work and politics are completely separate.”
At Spring & Varick, dishes will include bone-in pork chop with braised red cabbage, and apple bourbon compote; chicken breast with artichoke barigoule, truffle, panisse and lobster mushrooms; and scallops with parsnip puree, braised endive, and quinoa salad. The dining room has been renovated to include more light wood, white linen chairs, and paintings by local artists.
Look for Spring & Varick to open November 8th.