Serge Becker and Team Lure Will Revamp Chinatown Brasserie

Serge Becker.

The Feedbag brings news that John McDonald is now moving his airy, undertrafficked eatery Chinatown Brasserie into the basement and turning it over to Serge Becker. It’s a move that’s unexpected (Becker recently told BlackBook he was taking a break from empire building) but rather genius. Becker has a way with basements (he’s the man behind La Esquina), and he’s also familiar with this particular space (having been a partner in its previous occupant, Fez) and the neighborhood, since he’s also a partner in B Bar and Joe’s Pub. While Chinatown Brasserie lives on in the basement, a new restaurant, run by Josh Capon and Robert Collins of Lure, will serve what chef Capon describes as “American food, like Lure, but without the focus on seafood.” The as-yet-unnamed restaurant will open in December.

Chinatown Brasserie To Retreat Downstairs, Lure Guys To Take Over Space [Feedbag]