The hotel on Grand and Sixth Avenue is coming along (it got a name yesterdaythe James!), but its Soho neighbor, the Mondrian, which was due to open early this year, has now announced that it will actually be opening in the fall of 2010. That means itll be a while before you get to experience Sam Talbot of Top Chefs interpretation of modern day east coast seafood (per the flyer) and his restaurants layers of experiences from a lush enchanted garden to informal social setting. Without getting into specifics, hospitality consultant Steven Kamali, who worked with Sam Talbot at Surf Lodge but isnt involved in this project, tells us hes not surprised by the delays, given the economy. But he says he expects the area to become the epicenter of fashionable restaurants. I think that corner of Lafayette is going to be prime restaurant real estate. Kamali says hes working on two projects, one of them a lounge and the other a restaurant, directly in the vicinity of the hotel. The lounge, he says, will be run by an up and coming operator with a big name.
Mondrian SoHo a No-Go Until Next Fall [Hotel Chatter]