Yesterday, I emailed True Food Kitchen, wondering whether it was still opening on the Vesey side of Brookfield Place—there’s been no sign of work, and the location didn’t show up on the company’s “coming soon” page. The answer is in today’s New York Post: The Del Frisco’s Grille chain has taken the “two-level, 7,566-square-foot indoor/outdoor space.” Based in Texas, the brand has at least 21 other locations across the country, and the menu is straightforward bar-and-grille, including items such as Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, Lollipop Chicken Wings, and a Wagyu Patty Melt. (Pictured below: “mushroom shallot crusted prime steak laid atop a savory peppercorn sauce and served with a crave-inducing jalapeño-bacon twice stuffed potato skin.”) According to the company’s website, “Each menu includes regional favorites using locally sourced ingredients and features the finest local flavors.” The restaurant is hoping to open next summer.
By leasing space to a direct competitor, Brookfield Place would seem to be sending a message to P.J. Clarke’s. Although, from what I recall during the contretemps of 2014, P.J. Clarke’s has a decent number of years left on its lease.