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Eleven Madison Park Vets Plot a Restaurant in a Historic Three-Story Tribeca Townhouse

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Sommelier Dustin Wilson and chef Austin Johnson are planning a project at 1 White St., a space that was once John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Nutopia”

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A sommelier and a chef with significant experience in NYC’s fine dining scene are teaming up for a new, three-floor restaurant in historic Tribeca townhouse.

Dustin Wilson and Austin Johnson — the former Eleven Madison park wine director and ex-chef at Michelin-starred Frenchie in Paris, respectively — are eyeing the property at 1 White St., which John Lennon and Yoko Ono once used as the address for “Nutopia,” a conceptual country made up by the famous couple in 1973.

Wilson and Johnson’s new, yet-to-be-named restaurant appeared before Manhattan’s Community Board 1 last month seeking a full liquor license for the space, which is 560-square-feet per floor.

According to a source at the community board meeting, the team said the restaurant would be fine-dining, with a pre fixe menu. But Wilson now tells Eater that the concept might change, and an official timeline has not been set yet for opening. The proposed hours for the restaurant are weekdays until 1 a.m. and weekends until 2 a.m. Occasional live music was also in the proposal.

It’s quite the team to be partnering up: Wilson previously served as the wine director at Eleven Madison Park and was prominently featured in the wine documentary SOMM. And Johnson also worked at Eleven Madison Park, as well as on the opening team of the NoMad.

Despite the local fine dining connection, the duo didn’t link up until Wilson was in Paris after a wine trip and had dinner at Frenchie, where Johnson most recently served as executive chef.

Stay tuned for more details.