Restaurants & Bars | June 9, 2019 12:11 pm

Famed New York Restaurant The Four Seasons Is Closing

The last meals at the iconic restaurant will be served on Tuesday

The Four Seasons
The Four Seasons, several seasons ago
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After a relocation and high-profile relaunch in 2018, notable New York City restaurant The Four Seasons is set to serve its last meals on Tuesday, a new report from Page Six reveals.

According to Page Six, the restaurant “struggled to attract the same numbers of expense account clientele that it had been famous for in the old location.”

The Four Seasons opened in 1959 and became known as a hub for the powerful and famous. The original location closed in 2016, and the current iteration of the restaurant opened 3 blocks away in 2018. A New York Times report from the new location’s opening suggests the expense and aesthetic at work:

Built from scratch, with a $30 million price tag, the new Four Seasons inhabits a two-story space. A simple sleek, dark foyer leads to the dramatic, square Bar Room, seating 50, that captures some of the soaring grandeur of the old Four Seasons. In the center is a bar, 16-feet square and sunken, suggesting the famous pool in the previous dining room.

The Four Seasons was known for contributions to its decor from notable artists, including Pablo Picasso. Mark Rothko was also commissioned to create murals for the space, but ended up declining the commission.

The design of the original restaurant, by architects Philip Johnson and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, continues to fascinate and awe those with a fondness for elegant architecture. The original Four Seasons was deemed a city landmark in 1989; however, after the Four Seasons moved out, several contentious changes were made to the space.

A bleaker moment of the restaurant’s history occurred in 2018, when co-owner Julian Niccolini was asked to resign after numerous accusations of sexual misconduct, and after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault charges.

The Four Seasons has long had the feeling of history within its walls. Even after its closure, its place in culinary, design, and cultural history should live on for many years to come.

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