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The New York Post reported that the Poulakakos family will indeed be running a large food court in the World Financial center. The article claims that much more respected restaurateurs, such as Steven Starr, Cipriani’s group, and Todd English were in the running but lost out to Poulakakos, which is best known for a chain of coffee shops and pizzerias. Meanwhile, the Poulakakos group was also given control of Pier A with little public input), ala the Hudson River Park NID and the anti-Asphalt Green MOU).
Clearly, some cronyism classic New York real estate politics were at play in this decision.
In the Post article, ” Poulakakos is operator of the Financier Patisserie coffee chain and other eateries in the Financial District, including Harry’s Cafe and Steak, Ulysses and Bayard’s. “We signed the deal. We remain very committed to lower Manhattan,” he said, adding that it is still too early to discuss details. Poulakakos beat out sexier, more high-profile celebrity names including Todd English, who kicked off the marketplace trend in Manhattan with his Harrod’s-inspired Food Hall in the basement of the Plaza Hotel. Cipriani’s and Steven Starr were also in the running. The marketplace will feature fresh and prepared foods, ranging from meat and produce to wine, coffee and pastries. (Post your comment below)