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John DeLucie’s Crown Group Opening Big Italian Restaurant in Chelsea

He's going to need that double espresso.

He's going to need that double espresso.Photo: Nicole Franzen

He's in the Upper East Side at Crown, the West Village at the Lion, and also in midtown at Bill's Food & Drink, and now chef-owner John DeLucie has signed a deal on a fourth Manhattan restaurant, this one in the booming area of West Chelsea. He and his Crown Group partners will be taking over the space at 559 West 22nd Street that formerly housed the velvet-rope-fronted Mr. West. The new venue is 4,000 square feet and will feature a lounge on its lower level. "We are playing around with a more casual Italian café concept," says the chef, "and we'll also be applying for outdoor seating.'' DeLucie says the as-yet-unnamed restaurant will target a fall opening, just in time for Fashion Week. [Earlier]

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