With all that downtime on his hands, Thomas Keller apparently got to work planning a new high-seas restaurant empire. He’s opening a line of restaurants on luxurious cruise line Seabourn’s ships, set to debut next spring. The name is still TBD, but it should definitely be called Per Sea.
Cruisegoers won’t have to even wait that long, though: Keller has already developed dishes for the various dining rooms, which will be introduced this summer. It’s hardly uncharted waters, so to speak: Geoffrey Zakarian has partnered with Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Guy Fieri’s food is available (where else?) on Carnival. Still, Seabourn, not a place known for its bargain cruises, is as appropriate a spot as any for a spinoff on those famous “Oysters and Pearls.”