After 40 years, Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder’s lease at Aby Rosen’s Seagram Building is up in July of 2016, and that means the end of The Four Seasons, at least as so many know and love it. Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick are revamping the restaurant with a fresh name and concept, and it looks like they’ll have some nearby competition: Niccolini and von Bidder tell Bloomberg they’ll likely take a year off, and then move into a midtown space “about five minutes’ walking distance” away. (Take note, though, that these plans are hardly finalized.)
The original Four Seasons will close on July 16, and to mark the final week, there will be charity dinners, a reception for the high-rolling house-account customers, and an auction of some of the furniture and cooking tools. Hopefully this news will make the good-bye sting just a little less.