In the News: McNally and Colicchio Restaurants Confirmed

••• Confirmation about the restaurants at the Beekman Hotel (5 Beekman): “The handsome 10-story landmark building from the 1880s, with a soaring atrium and a skylight, is being converted into a hotel.” And as reported many times before by Tribeca Citizen, “It will contain restaurants operated by Keith McNally and Tom Colicchio. Mr. McNally’s restaurant will have 90 seats and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. ‘With a bit of luck, I’ll have a name before it opens,’ he said. Mr. Colicchio will run the lounge, to be called the Living Room,”— a bit W Hotels, that name is—”as well as room service and private party catering for the hotel and for the Beekman Residences, a high-rise condominium being built next door. […] ‘We’re still pretty far away from opening; it won’t be for about a year,’ Mr. Colicchio said. He is toying with the idea of serving ‘old New York food, modernized.’ But the setting won’t be formal.” —New York Times

••• Video inside 5 Beekman. Looks like the PR launch is underway; could the condos sales be starting soon? —New York magazine

••• Franklin Street theft: “Burglars made off with eight pairs of links worth a total of $38,000.” —Tribeca Trib

La Colombe Torrefaction Tribeca••• “Philly-based third-wave coffee darling La Colombe will be the latest specialty-coffee roaster to embark on an all-out expansion tear. Co-founder Todd Carmichael says he inked a $28.5 million deal with private investors at the end of last month and will now get cracking on an ambitious East Coast-based growth plan that includes ‘upwards of 100 new cafés.” —Grub Street. Related: There’s one under construction at 303 Hudson (I couldn’t tell from Google which building that is, but it appears to be at Spring.) —Zagat

••• “A look inside the Floating Library on the Lilac Steamship Museum” at Pier 25. —Untapped Cities



  1. When I read your TweeBeCa pieces I’m sometimes saddened that the neighborhood I’ve lived in most of my life has become a cliche, and feel that many of the suppositions and preconceived notions asserted are terribly misguided. Then I read that someone here has $38K worth of cufflinks.

  2. I think that area with the stain glass windows and the door (seen in the picture above) is the sales office for 5 Beekman.

  3. Unfortunately this does appear to be a sales office. Through the window it looks like what would be a model of the residence building in there. It also looks like there is a bar so who really knows? Maybe they plan to loosen up potential buyers pre pitch.