it's the same one. part of samuelsson's weird story -- kenyan scandinavian chef with restaurants in minneapolis and manhattan. there was a nasty business dispute and i belive the minneapolis store closed some time ago.
A place like Corton couldn't have been making him any money, but isn't that why he has like 50 Nobus around the world? These kind of restaurants are more passion projects than they are profitable, but they seem to be biting the dust, or flocking to Brooklyn.
Liebrandt is at BF? Or you mean just the opened his own place in Bklyn?
Either way, I guess I don't care that much. I was not blown away by BF. Underwhelmed by Atera. Possibly I am tired of those sort of places now. I still think Daniel is great though I have not been in a while. The Pete Wells snark, far from deterrnig me, actually made me want to go back.
No doubt, I just think fine dining in NYC is changing. For better or worse, I don't know. All I know is you will definitely see less places like Corton, and many more like NoMad. I think Drew, Danny Meyer and his Shake Shack empire, are aware of this.