Joël Robuchon Says Au Revoir to New York, L’Atelier Closes June 30

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French chef Jo?l Robuchon poses on February 1, 2011 after a press conference of France's culinary college at the restaurant 58 at the Eiffel tower in Paris. Fifteen of French most famous chefs are calling for the support of the government to French cuisine facing competition with other countries helped in their promotion. AFP PHOTO BERTRAND LANGLOIS (Photo credit should read BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)
It's been real. Photo: BERTRAND LANGLOIS/2011 AFP

Just as we predicted a couple of weeks ago, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon will close its doors at The Four Seasons hotel next month. (A rep for the hotel told us at the time that news of the closing was "only a rumor" — guess not!) The official shutter date is June 30, and there's no word on who, or what, will take the space after Robuchon's restaurant closes its doors. Based on what we heard, the hotel is looking for a big name to fill the vacancy, but we'd guess lots of people will view Robuchon's departure as a sign that a big name doesn't necessarily guarantee success in the space. [Diner's Journal/NYT, Earlier]