This may come as a shock to Laurent Tourondel, who just opened BLT Burger yesterday, but another one of the city's top chefs is about enter burgerland. We've been expressly forbidden from going into details just yet, but this cook, who is known for deploying the highest-quality ingredients and a downtown restaurant of august repute, told us he's planning on buying out a popular East Village eatery and reopening it as a hamburger joint. He intends to close the deal in the next two weeks and open six weeks after that. We sincerely hope the process doesn't take much longer than those two months — these burgers will no doubt contend for the city's top burger honors.
BLT Empire to Storm Burgerland [Grub Street]