BLT Market Will Not Reopen

Photo: Courtesy LT Burger

Once the market-driven, beveled jewel of the now-dissolved BLT empire, BLT Market at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park closed in January for “renovation and restructuring.” It was expected to reopen in May, but now Crain’s reports the hotel will replace BLT Market with a 50-seat American bistro, with Ritz chef Mark Arnao in the kitchen. Crain’s notes that the hotel is “moving away from the celebrity chef world and cultivating a more cohesive internal brand.” Tourondel isn’t slowing down, however: A call for staff for his forthcoming LT Burger went up today, and the chef’s collaboration with the TAO Group at Arlington Club is set to debut this fall. [Crain’s, Craigslist, Earlier]