Joël Robuchon Has Bailed on Brookfield Place

A bombshell in the New York Post today:

Saks Fifth Avenue has signed a lease to open a Saks Men’s Store at 250 Vesey St. The bad news? The menswear mecca replaces a restaurant and gourmet market which the great French chef Joël Robuchon had planned for the same second-floor space at the former 4 World Financial Center, sources said. […] The men’s store will include all of Robuchon’s former space overlooking the Battery Park City marina, plus an additional 4,000 square feet, according to retail sources. It is to open in March 2017.

No explanation was given. I’m sure the Saks store will be nice, but for those of us who prioritize food over fashion, it’s a bummer. Also, it’s a shame there won’t be another restaurant facing that part of the North Cove Marina plaza.

LAtelier de Joel Robuchon at Brookfield Place