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

It's been real.
It's been real. Photo: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

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]