Le Cirque Will Likely Close After December 31, 2017

Posted: Oct 04, 2017



The Maccioni family is looking for a smaller space

One of New York's most famous restaurants, Le Cirque, is likely closing because the rent is too high, the family tells the Times. The Maccioni family is looking for a new, smaller location for the restaurant closer to Madison Avenue.

Co-owner Marco Maccioni says the family is trying to save the restaurant’s space at 151 East 58th Street, near Lexington Avenue, though he notes that it is "more than likely” that the family will shutter the restaurant after service on New Year's Eve. They can stay in the building until January 5.

It’s a change of tone for the Maccionis. As recently as this past weekend, the family sounded more optimistic, telling Eater that they were negotiating with the landlord and planned to stay in the space. Still, staff has been telling customers about the closing date, and a group of regulars has been trying to put together a fund to keep the restaurant in the space.

The more than 40-year-old Le Cirque is a seminal French fine dining restaurant that’s graduated chefs like Daniel Boulud, David Bouley, Jacques Torres, and Michael Lomonaco. In a 2013 profile, Esquire said that “no restaurant in America, perhaps the world, has graduated so many renowned chefs as Le Cirque.”

But things haven't been so grand as of late, most recently with a heated social media exchange seemingly from patriarch Sirio Maccioni that was later blamed on the restaurant's social media manager. Earlier this year, the restaurant filed for bankruptcy, and shortly after, former Ouest chef owner Tom Valenti left the head chef position. According to the filing, the family owed between $500,000 and $1 million to more than 100 creditors. The restaurant’s also been a recent target of a sexual harassment lawsuit and a wage lawsuit. And the last time the Times reviewed it, Pete Wells awarded it just one star.

If the Maccionis find a new place to open Le Cirque, it would be the fourth location. The restaurant currently resides in the Bloomberg Tower on East 58th Street and first opened in 1974 at different location.

By Melissa McCart
October 3, 2017
Source:Eater.com




Go-Wine Sharing and Promotion

Go-Wine's mission is to organize food and beverage information and make it universally accessible and beneficial. These are the benefits of sharing your article in Go-Wine.com

  • It Generates Free Traffic to your site.
  • Your Article Will Get Indexed Faster.
  • Your Google Rankings Will Rise. Google Rise Articles with Positive Participation & Contribution.
  • Your Article Will Reach New Customers and Audience. Go-Wine has a selected audience and visitors from over 120 countries.
  • You always receive credit - you will be cited accurately (Author, Website & Hyperlink).
  • The integrity of the Information is not compromised - you always will be linked to the most up to date version of your article.

Contact Us for more information.

© 2018 Go-Wine©. All Rights Reserved.
Designed by CX Web Design. Vision of Wine Business Academy