Report: Wylie Dufresne Seeks New Home for WD-50 in Face of 7-Story ‘Cool Luxury’ Replacement

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 at 6:03 am by
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With the recent record sale of 50 Clinton Street ($28 million) and its imminent conversion to a 7-story condo building, celeb chef Wylie Dufresne is in search mode. His pioneering, decade-old restaurant WD-50 closes on November 30, and is not part of the proposed development. So the hunt is reportedly on for a new home.

When asked by Reuters UK about the future of the WD-50 restaurant, Dufresne noted:

We are actively trying to find a new home. I have several ideas that I would like to explore. It’s not just another version of wd-50. That is compelling to me, but there are other ideas I would like to explore.

I hope we could be remembered as a place where you could get delicious food that made you think, that made you smile, that it was fun place to eat. There were things you couldn’t have anywhere else in the city possibly at its time. We have another restaurant. It’s not the end of our story.

Meanwhile, the condo project itself is already getting lip service from brokers in the biz. Elliman servant John Gomes weighed in by calling 50 Clinton “cool luxury.”

Mr. Gomes is recommending that developers be more efficient with layouts. “What used to be a 650-square-foot studio can now be a very well-laid-out one-bedroom,” he said. For new condominiums like 50 Clinton Street, a project on the Lower East Side where WD-50, the restaurant run by the chef Wylie Dufresne, now stands, he said, “I’m dubbing a new term, ‘cool luxury,’ where the building is super design-focused, but it doesn’t use the most high-end finishes or appliances.”

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