Todd English Eatery has leased 20K SF at 15 Park Row

Todd English in front of 15 Park Row (, CityRealty)

Todd English is preparing his latest project in New York, a 20,000 square foot restaurant in the financial district.

A restaurant under the brand has signed a lease for the two-story space at 15 Park Row, the New York Post reported. It is not immediately clear who will operate the space, but it is believed to be a group of investors backing English.

A Meridian Retail Leasing team including James Famularo and Ben Biberaj appeared to market the space. A neighborhood source told the Post that the asking rent for the space is $2.5 million per year.

Joe and Rachelle Friedman, owners of the defunct J&R Music World, sold the 31-story building at 15 Park Row last year to investor Atlas Capital Group for around $140 million. In addition to 330 rental apartments, the sale included commercial space that served as J&R’s residence.

About half of the apartments in the building were empty at the time of the sale.

English is no stranger to the New York culinary scene. In addition to creating the Plaza Hotel Food Hall, English is known for running Todd English’s Figs in Queens and The Stinger Cocktail Bar and Kitchen by Chef Todd English in Hell’s Kitchen. The Post reported that English also recently launched a hotel in Las Vegas.

English was previously embroiled in a dispute at Kushner Companies’ 229 West 43rd Street, where OHM Concession Group alleged in 2018 that Kusher used “alternative facts” to backtrack on promises made regarding retail space. OHM signed the 15-year lease in August 2016 after bringing in English to open up the US market.

Months later, English pulled out of another planned Chelsea catering venue, after a waiter at his Plaza Hotel restaurant in 2017 accused him of sexual harassment. English was also arrested for drunk driving in 2014, according to Eater.

Renowned restaurateur Daniel Boulud is also opening a restaurant in the Financial District to replace Keith McNally’s Augustine. The French restaurant is slated to open at the Beekman Hotel in the spring.

[NYP] —Holden Walter-Warner

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