It’s a sad day for gastropub lovers: Plans for Spotted Pig owners April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman to open a four-story eatery atop 70 Pine Street have fallen through.
The restaurateurs and building owner Rose Associates “decided to end their collaboration,” the New York Post reported.
“It became clear it wasn’t economically viable, given the direction they wanted to head in,” Rose’s co-president Adam Rose said. The developer still plans to feature a restaurant atop the 66-story Art Deco building in the Financial District.
Bloomfield and Friedman took 11,000 square feet at 70 Pine last year, with plans to open a restaurants on the 62nd through 66th floors of the former AIG tower. They also planned a 1,000-square-foot bar on the building’s ground floor.
Friedman called the split — though amicable — “super sad.” Although he and Bloomfield came up with a casual concepts, Rose wanted an even more casual approach than the restaurateurs were comfortable with, he said.
Rose Associates is converting the former office building into 132 extended-stay hotel rooms and 664 rental apartments. So far, roughly 225 apartments at 70 Pine have been rented. [NYP] — E.B. Solomont