Food & Drink
In 2010, harried Manhattan office workers were hungry for new lunch options.
Food trucks were somewhat novel and all the rage. Puckish restaurateurs like David Chang (Momofuku) had dispensed with tablecloths and seatbacks and made barebones eateries the hottest tickets in town. Flea markets, with their quirky food vendors, had stormed Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan.
Restaurateur Peter Poulakakos has signed on to run the 30,000-square-foot marketplace at Brookfield’s World Financial Center, the New York Post reported yesterday.
Poulakakos is perhaps best known as operator of coffee chain Financier Patisserie but also oversees downtown restaurants Harry’s Café, Harry’s Steak, Adrienne’s Pizza Bar, Ulysses’ and Bayard’s.
“We met with everyone who has the expertise and desire to open a world class market in Manhattan and we were really blown away by Peter’s vision for marketplace,” Edward Hogan, Brookfield’s national director of retail leasing, told The Commercial Observer.
Brookfield Office Properties announced today that it has signed leases with eight fast casual restaurants at Brookfield Place (formerly World Financial Center) in the Financial District.
The on-trend restaurants are: Chop’t Creative Salad Company, Dig Inn Seasonal Market, Dos Toros, Little Muenster, Num Pang, Skinny Pizza, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Umami Burger. The locations will operate on a 600-seat dining terrace that is currently under construction at the complex, which is in the midst of a $250 million overhaul.
The Commercial Observer reported last summer that Brookfield was in negotiations with several retail tenants they’d hoped would fill a 200,000-square-foot portion of the four-building, eight-million-square-foot compound at the edge of Battery Park City. The dining terrace will go above a 24,000-square-foot marketplace reminiscent of Eataly.