Wylie Dufresne waves white flag, to close famed restaurant

Chef forced to shutter Lower East Side landmark WD-50 due to planned development

TRD New York /
Jun.June 12, 2014 10:40 AM

Wylie Dufresne, one of the city’s most celebrated chefs, will be closing his Lower East Side restaurant to make space for a new development.

WD-50, a molecular gastronomy restaurant that opened in 2003, will be closing at the end of November. Dufresne announced the closing on Twitter, writing that November 30 will be “our final night of service. Come celebrate with us for the next 173 days.”

Dufresne, 44, told The New York Times that Icon Realty Management is planning to build a new building at the site at 50 Clinton Street.

“It’s a real estate thing,” he told the paper.

While Dufresne said he will be opening up in a new location in the city, he doesn’t yet know where that will be.

“I have a great love of fine dining and I hope to continue that,” Dufresne told The New York Times. “We don’t quite know yet where we’re going. It’s like they say, ‘You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.'” [NYT] – Claire Moses 

Related Articles


Icon Realty Management has a bagel-loving buyer for historic Forbes townhouse

Icon Realty Capital will restructure a troubled portfolio of Brookland properties

Icon refinances portfolio of Manhattan rental buildings

Here’s what the $10M-$20M NYC investment sales market looked like last week

Here’s what the $10M-$20M NYC investment sales market looked like last week

Icon close to $425M loan to build two UES condo towers

Icon Realty Management settles with AG over tenant-harassment probe

Icon Realty Management at center of tenant harassment probe