Union Square Cafe
The hearts of culinary-minded New Yorkers broke last year when they found out that Danny Meyer would have to close Union Square Cafe after his lease ran out. However, the restaurant mogul swore that he would find a new home for the iconic flagship institution of the Union Square Hospitality Group.
Today, Meyer announced that he has found a new home for Union Square Cafe, just a few blocks away from the original location at Park Avenue South and 19th Street in the space currently occupied by City Crab & Seafood Company. Union Square Hospitality Group has acquired a 15-year lease at the location, and will renovate and expand the space, according to The New York Times. When it’s finished, the new space will be approximately three times larger than the old one. Meyer will also take on responsibility for City Crab’s 75 employees. Under the agreement, once the restaurant closes in September, the restaurant group will place them at their restaurants, like Gramercy Tavern and Untitled at the new Whitney Museum.
Designer David Rockwell is tasked with recreating the spirit of the original location, which featured a wooden bar and paintings by American artists.