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  1. Florent And the Machine
    Florent Morellet Resurfaces in Bushwick“I’m so sick of everyone in Manhattan complaining about the way things used to be,” he says.
  2. Icons
    Florent Space Sold to DelShah Capital; King & Grove Now Owns Hotel ChelseaTwo of the city’s most iconic locations have just changed hands.
  3. Neighborhood Watch
    The Bean Opening Hypes the East Village; City Swiggers Brings Growlers to thePlus: The Smith confirms plans for a third location, A-Pou’s Taste Cart debuts another vendor, and more, in our daily roundup of neighborhood news.
  4. Openings
    Florent Space Flourishes Again?Not if the community board has its say.
  5. Personalities
    Florent Morellet: ‘I Don’t Really Like Restaurants Anymore’The Queen of the Meatpacking District doesn’t like noise and attitude.
  6. Video Feed
    Florent Wants Us to Live in the NowThe meatpacking pioneer is not nostalgic and says we shouldn’t be, either.
  7. Foodievents
    Taste Bud Time Warp: Florent Takes You Back to 1985, Mess Hall to 1945Time to indulge some culinary nostalgia.
  8. At the Movies
    Florent Won’t Be Coming BackSpeaking about a new documentary, Florent Morellet lays hope to rest.
  9. Slideshow
    First Look at Gansevoort 69, Open Today in the Former Florent SpaceA look at the menu and the space.
  10. Neighborhood Watch
    Morimoto Expands to Tribeca; Jason Neroni Will Leave 10 DowningPlus: Babycakes does baked doughnuts, and free tequila at Toloache, in our regular roundup of neighborhood food news.
  11. Mediavore
    Obama Wants a White House Farmers Market; the Food Network Has Record RatingsPlus: Starbucks is raising and lowering prices for different drinks, and the Hudson Valley is now a beer destination, all in our morning news roundup.
  12. Mediavore
    Garden Cafe Shutters; The Olive Garden Is Why You’re FatPlus: no plastic-bag tax for New Yorkers, and Swiss bankers and Italian food, all in our morning news roundup.
  13. Meatpacking Tracking
    Has R&L Been Nabbed by the Bagatelle–Pink Elephant Cabal?The bottle-and-brunch movement marches on.
  14. Closings
    R & L Closes, Leaving Former Florent Space in LimboBoxes were being carried out of the basement yesterday.
  15. Mediavore
    Caracas Arepas Bar Expands; Alcoholic Recession SpecialsPlus: Tom Colicchio joins the lawsuit club, and the saddest restaurant closings of 2008, all in our morning news roundup.
  16. NewsFeed
    CB2 Approves R&L For Florent’s Liquor LicenseSo, will folks start going there now?
  17. NewsFeed
    Florent Auction Rakes In $50,000 for EmployeesBut who will get the restaurant’s coveted liquor license?
  18. Spot Check
    An Empty House and Bon Jovi at the Former FlorentOne month after taking over from Florent, R&L Restaurant is without booze, and without customers.
  19. NewsFeed
    Florent’s Chef Stayed On at R&L RestaurantBut how long will Joanne Lucas stay in the restaurant business?
  20. NewsFeed
    Meatpacking in Flux: Changes at Florent, Brass Monkey, and Merkato 55Yesterday brought a new basement lounge. Today, a rooftop bar.
  21. NewsFeed
    Inside Florent’s Friends-and-Family FarewellFlorent ended its 23-year run early this morning with an intimate wrap party. ‘New York”s David Amsden was there.
  22. VideoFeed
    Florent’s Last SupperA video wake for the meatpacking-district landmark.
  23. Beef
    On the Matter of Florent: Joanne Lucas, What’s Your Deal?If Florent is to reopen as a Florent-type diner just two days later, we have to question the emotional roller coaster of the past few months.
  24. NewsFeed
    Florent to Reopen As Florent-Type RestaurantThe restaurant’s unlikely savior of sorts? The landlord!
  25. NewsFeed
    John Varvatos Exploits Pays Tribute to FlorentA new ad promises the bistro will live forever.
  26. Spot Check
    Want a Last Meal at Florent? Try Breakfast
  27. Mediavore
    Local Produce Not Always Carbon-Friendly; Scores East to File for Bankruptcy?Plus: Alain Ducasse ditches France, Florent Morellet keeps a secret about what will replace his diner, and more, in our morning news roundup.
  28. The New York Diet
    Rising Star Chef Gavin Kaysen Celebrates With Lamb’s HeartThe James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef of the Year managed to stay sober on David Chang’s party bus, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t party down this week.
  29. NewsFeed
    Stephanie Isn’t Top Chef Yet — Despite Wishful ThinkingShe was spotted schmoozing with the bigwigs at Florent, but she wasn’t exactly invited out for a night on Boulud’s arm.
  30. In the Magazine
    The Man Who Invented the Meatpacking DistrictFlorent Morellet was the heart and soul of the meatpacking district — when it had a heart and soul.
  31. In the Magazine
    Platt on Bar Milano; Learn to Pair Spanish WinesPlus: A bouquet of international openings, in this week’s issue.
  32. NewsFeed
    Frank Bruni Mourns Florent, and the End of an EraWhen Florent goes, the old Meatpacking district goes with him, and Frank Bruni tries to capture the spirit of both.
  33. Mediavore
    Florent’s Legacy; Robert Mondavi, R.I.P.Plus: Why Frank Bruni likes Florent, great Websites for finding recipes, and more in our morning roundup of news and gossip.
  34. The New York Diet
    Designer Scott Morrison Still Parties in WoodstockScott Morrison, the designer of Earnest Sewn jeans, wears a slim-cut size 33, but he doesn’t skimp on meals to fit into them.
  35. NewsFeed
    Florent Has Already Reached ‘Acceptance’ PhaseWith Florent and the Hog Pit closing, Shecky’s charts what it calls the “de-evolution” of the meatpacking district.
  36. The New York Diet
    Danny Meyer Has One Last Feast at FlorentHis restaurants range from Eleven Madison Park to Shake Shack, and his diet ranges from pâté de campagne to protein shakes.
  37. Mediavore
    You Can’t Stop Bloomberg in Union Square; Bouley Shuffle Just Weeks AwayBloomberg won’t let a little thing like community opposition stop him, David Bouley likes France as much as Japan, and Florent gets an offer to move to a new space.
  38. Neighborhood Watch
    Amy Ruth’s Taking Her Sweet Time in Brooklyn; Adour? OkayDowntown Brooklyn: So much for a Valentine’s Day debut: Amy Ruth’s at the Fulton Mall isn’t even open yet. [Lost City] Hamptons: Restaurant Week begins March 20. Bargain meals at close to 70 participating restaurants seems like a good excuse to take advantage of any lodging bargains before warm weather sets in. [Restaurant Girl] Meatpacking District: Florent plans to give up the ghost on a high note, on Gay Pride Day at the end of June. [NYP] Midtown East: Citysearch calls Ducasse’s food at Adour “comme ci, comme ça.” [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch] West Village: The Beatrice team might expand to L.A. [Down by the Hipster]
  39. NewsFeed
    Rent Florent’s Space for Only $700,000 a Year! Is it safe to say now that Florent is history? The last we heard on the story, the meatpacking pioneer was engaged in a death struggle with the landlord over the rent. According to the Observer, Florent’s lease, signed in 1995, was for $6,018 a month. The landlord wanted to jack up that monthly rent to somewhere between $43,000 and $70,000. This broker’s ad is asking for $700,000 annually, or $58,333 a month. Not even a recession can keep the meatpacking down! Meatpacking Restaurant: 69 Gansevoort Street [PDF] Related: Will Meatpacking Pioneer Have to Pack It In? [NYO] Earlier: Florent Will ‘Be Around for a Little While’
  40. Celebrity Settings
    Momofuku, Freemans, Spotted Pig Honchos Break Bread With Stephen Starr Our favorite celebrity sighting of the week was, of course, Lindsay Lohan at Peter Luger on Tuesday night — that’s because we saw her with our own eyes. Of course, we can’t be everywhere and see everyone, so as usual we’ve combed the gossip columns for other stop-ins. We’re sorry we missed Tracy Morgan at the Plumm, shirtless and offering to father babies as usual, and boy do we wish we were a fly on the wall when partners Ken Friedman and Taavo Somer, along with David Chang, dined with Stephen Starr at Buddakan. Is there a Spotted Buddafuku in the works?
  41. NewsFeed
    Meatpacking Mainstay Florent May Close in MayYesterday Eater broke news that Florent’s landlord has been showing the building to potential tenants (Eater originally misidentified the landlord, so take that rumor for what it’s worth). Florent’s future has been tenuous for some time now — a June 2007 Daily News item mentions owner Florent Morellet trying to renegotiate his lease while neighbors closed shop. We’re hearing from one source that Florent’s lease is up in May, after which Florent will close. Another source says that Morellet planned to sell the business because his health is worsening (his T-cell count is displayed on one of the menu boards). So was it the Florent space that Anthony Martignetti was referring to when he told us he was considering opening a restaurant near Pastis? Who knows, it may also have been the old Rhone space, abandoned by Double Seven. Morellet wasn’t available for comment today, but we’ll keep you posted on what may be a double blow (remember, Passerby will soon close) to the meatpacking district. Update: Asked whether Anthony Martignetti is considering the Florent space, a rep tells us she has no new information at this time. Note: She didn’t say, “No.” Related: SHOCK CLAIM: Florent Restaurant to Close This Year? [Eater] Paris Shaped by the Pen [NYDN] Earlier: Anthony Martignetti Plots a New Restaurant Over Croissants at Pastis Passerby Hasn’t Quite Passed On