David Bouley has closed Secession and will open the Japanese restaurant Brushstroke in the space by the end of the year, according to Florence Fabricant. We did a Spot Check at Secession in March and found only eight diners on a Wednesday night; not even Christian Delouvrier, who came in April via Lespinasse and Ducasse, could resuscitate the restaurant. (PXThis floated a closing rumor this morning.) But Bouley will not abandon his Tribeca empire. Secession will stay open through June for private parties and Delouvrier will move to Bouley's yet-to-open commissary for retail and wholesale foods at Varick and Vandam Streets, also the future home to a Mediterranean and Japanese restaurant like the original Upstairs. The former Delphi space on Chambers was destined to hold Brushstroke, but Fabricant cites construction issues for the delay. Maybe the space would be better suited to a French-Japanese-Italian fusion venture.
Secession Is Turning Japanese [Diner's Journal/NYT]