Marc Forgione, Stephen Starr, and Michael Mina Competing for Massive FiDi Marketplace [Updated]

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Forgione: from Iron Chef to casino restaurateur to grocery operator? Photo: Melissa Hom

Remember that 25,000-square-foot marketplace for the World Financial Center we told you about last year? Today, the Post has it that three restaurateur-chefs — Marc Forgione, Philly's Stephen Starr, and Michael Mina out of S.F. — are duking it out for the space, which is slated to be a massive complex with multiple restaurants, à la Eataly. Forgione, who recently went from being a one-restaurant man to opening American Cut at the Revel casino in Atlantic City, is said to be the front-runner. Side note: Forget bottling a line of sauces — opening a grocery store is so the new chef trend of the decade. [NYP]

Update: Forgione's reps inform us that the Post had it slightly off: It's Christopher Blumlo, the Managing Partner of Restaurant Marc Forgione, who is in talks about the marketplace; should he get the deal, he might hire Forgione and other chefs to run restaurants in the space.