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July 28, 2010 (UPDATE)
It was confirmed at the CB1 meeting that Danny Meyer is bringing his duo of Shake Shack and Blue Smoke to BPC. In addition, a third Danny Meyer restaurant will open in the location of the old Pac Rim restaurant on the West side of the Embassy suites. It will be high-end fine dining comparable to his Union Square Cafe and other restaurants in Midtown. The hotel itself will be redesigned and opened as a luxury Conrad hotel.
The 30,000 square feet of retail space currently occupied by DSW shoes and the additional 10,000 once occupied by New York Sports Club will be remade into a ballroom and banquet hall, to the anger of CB1 member Tom Goodkind.
July 10, 2010
Goldman Sachs has finally done something for the neighborhood that is not controversial, it seems. New York Magazine is reporting that the vacated Applebee’s and Chevy’s locations will be replaced by a Danny Meyer duo of Shake Shack and Blue Smoke. Inferior quality restaurants have long underserved BPC. Perhaps this will come to an end. It will be interesting to see what Goldman Sachs does with the vacant old steak house on the Southwest corner of their Embassy Suites building.
If you’ve ever had other bagels, then you know what INFERIOR actually is. Pick A Bagel is excellent, and Lili’s Chinese is also quite tasty. No one will miss Applebee’s or Chili’s!