Big news for New York's food scene: The New York Times is reporting that The Four Seasons Hotel and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon will not renew their operating agreement, and that the restaurant will close June 30. The agreement is reportedly amicable.
No new restaurant has been announced to replace L'Atelier, which opened in 2006 and received two Michelin stars in last fall's New York guide.
A spokesman for Robuchon indicated that the chef hoped to return to the New York dining scene in the future. There are currently nine Ateliers around the world, including New York, with ones to open in Beirut, Mumbai and Bangkok in 2013.
The story also notes that Franck Savoy, the son of the chef and restaurateur Guy Savoy, became the food and beverage director for the hotel about six weeks ago, but he will not be involved in any new project for the restaurant space. Franck Savoy will continue to oversee all the food and beverage operations for the hotel.
To make a reservation at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, call 212-829-3844.