There’s about to be a new addition to the Le Cirque family. Sirio scion Mauro will head a Maccioni-family restaurant in the Beekman Tower, on Mitchell Place. “We haven’t signed yet, but we’re very close,” Maccioni says. The family will run the restaurant, but Beekman Tower will front the costs, he adds — “which is always preferable from the restaurant’s point of view.” As for the concept, “we are either leaning toward an Italian restaurant emphasizing on the cuisine of Tuscany or an Italian-seafood restaurant emulating what some of the Greek estiatorios are doing, but with an Italian twist — grilled fish and seafood pastas.” The restaurant should open in early 2009 and will also include a high-floor bar with a commanding view. Nor is that the only project in the works — Mauro also confides that the Maccionis are about to do a big Italian restaurant in Vegas, at CityCenter in the new MGM.
Mauro Maccioni takes the lead. Photo: Patrick McMullan