Perhaps there’s a reason why the Williamsburg Parm hadn’t reopened after all. On the heels of the official closing, Major Food Group has big Brooklyn news: The restaurant group has joined forces with Barclays Center to open a 200-plus-seat Parm in some of the space that had been The 40/40 Club co-owned by Jay-Z.
The new Parm — located on Suite Level A, up one level from the main entrance — will debut in October in time for the Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders season. It’s the only full-service, sit-down spot inside the arena and is open to all ticket holders. While The 40/40 Club as Barclays regulars may know will be different in that it’s a smaller bar adjacent to Parm that will keep the name.
Last week, news broke about the soon-to-open fifth location in a Pod Hotel in Times Square that’s also on track to open in the fall, along with a yet-to-be-named tiki bar from Major Food Group. Consider this the sixth location of Parm, which has outposts on Mulberry Street, Upper West Side, Battery Park City, and Yankee Stadium.
MFG is one of the busiest restaurant groups around these days, having opened The Grill where partner Mario Carbone is cooking, and The Pool where Rich Torrisi is at the helm, both in the Seagram Building. The third restaurant in the space, Lobster Club, will open in October, with Michelin-starred Tasuku Murakami, formerly of Sushi Azabu, heading the kitchen in what had been the brasserie during the Four Seasons era. Stay tuned for updates.