Hale and Hearty Founders to Open ‘Concept’ Restaurant in ‘Times’ Building

Curious news from developer Forest City Ratner this morning:

Forest City Ratner Companies announced that it has leased the last available retail space in The New York Times Building at 620 Eighth Avenue near Times Square. Andrew and Jonathan Schnipper, the brothers who founded New York’s innovative Hale and Hearty Soup chain, have leased 3,200 square feet at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 41st Street for their first new “concept” restaurant, an updated version of a classic roadside eatery serving burgers, salads and other American favorites in a fast casual, relaxed setting. The 20-year lease also includes 1,000 square feet of outdoor seating.

We’ll speculate on the “concept” later in the day.