Joël Robuchon to Open a Restaurant at Brookfield Place

Jean-Georges Vongerichten evidently decided against opening a fine-dining restaurant in the last Brookfield Place slot; instead, we’re getting Joël Robuchon’s return to New York City. From the announcement in the New York Times:

After the chef Joël Robuchon closed his Parisian import [L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon] at the Four Seasons hotel in the summer of 2012, it was sorely missed. He indicated then that he would like to return. And in March, he will. […] The restaurant plans to reopen in Battery Park City, becoming the jewel in the crown of Brookfield Place, at the southern end of the complex. It will occupy an expanse of some 11,000 square feet, giving it room for the counter and table seating in L’Atelier, which will look like the London location [pictured above]. It will also have a bar and lounge, a first for Mr. Robuchon, and an outdoor area for drinks and small plates.