Layers keep peeling back to reveal more about The Grill, the Major Food Group restart of the Four Seasons’ Grill Room, with the Post now reporting that Warriors champ Kevin Durant has a stake in the business.
Durant and his business partner Rich Kleiman have a piece of the pie, which cost a grand total of $30 million to renovate along with sister restaurant The Pool. Seemingly no expense has been spared, with Tom Ford-designed $6,000 uniforms and $10,000 trolley carts, where service captains debone Dover sole, plate filet Peconic, and flambé desserts. It’s the highest-profile opening of 2017 so far, with its legendary space and notorious operators Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick (Carbone, Santina).
Reportedly, investors in The Grill were asked to donate a minimum of $300,000, with a 120 percent return until the investment was repaid. After that, 40 percent of future profits would go straight into investors’ pockets.
Durant is hardly the first celebrity to invest in New York City restaurants. Other big names include Nas’ Sweet Chick, Jay-Z in The Spotted Pig, Gwyneth Paltrow’s 3 Green Hearts, Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Grill, Locanda Verde, and Nobu, Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man Coffee Shop, Susan Sarandon’s SPiN, Jay Z’s 40/40 Club, and more.