People around the world are familiar with The Four Seasons restaurant. This iconic New York City restaurant opened in 1959 at 99 East 52nd Street. Here, chefs introduced Americans to the idea of dining on culinary dishes that rotated with the changing seasons. It was also one of the first fine restaurants to print a menu in English. For over fifty years, people enjoyed fine dining in the restaurant. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. In June 2015, it was announced the lease for the restaurant would not be renewed. The Four Seasons closed its doors on July 16, 2016.
After the restaurant closed, many people wondered what would replace it. Now, we know it will be a restaurant from the partners in a company called Major Food Group, and the three men behind the company have big shoes to fill. The previous tenant of the space was a legendary power dining area. Executives and stock brokers did business there all the time. The new restaurant will have to appeal to these people again. This is why the three men behind Major Food Group recently sat in the empty space trying dish after dish. They wanted to know exactly what food should be served in their new restaurant. After sampling duck, pork, figs, mushrooms, and more, the men were no closer to making a final decision. In fact, the only firm decisions they had been made involved the kitchen. The kitchen was freshly renovated. Almost everything else is still up in the air.
If this uncertainty in such a famous space unsettles, you don’t worry. The Four Seasons will reopen on Park Avenue at a future date. Until then, you’ll just have to make do with what these guys come up with. Hopefully, it will be delicious!