It's another devastating blow for the restaurant space in Robert De Niro's Greenwich Hotel. First, the surprising and thorough bombing of Ago sent the restaurant crowd a twitter. News of Ago's merciful closing got the same crowd worked up over who would take over the space, and rumors of a Jean Georges Vongerichten and Jim Lahey combo quickly emerged, with many predicting it to be a done deal. Not. So. Fast. We have heard rumors that the economic downturn has not left the JGV Culinary Concepts empire unscathed, with some concepts that were gang busters here (Spice Market) do not play as well in Atlanta. And while Jean Georges restaurants in global cities like Shanghai will always draw a crowd, now is not the time to be investing your own money in a space where a project like Ago, which should have been successful, failed so miserably. That being said, Jean Georges has apparently decided to abandon any plans for the Tribeca space, with his reps telling us "preliminary discussions took place, but no actual agreement was ever made with Jean-Georges." Guess it's back to the drawing board for Bobby D.
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Response: JGV: Ago Is a No-GoJean-Georges Vongerichten won't be taking over the restaurant space in De Niro's Tribeca hotel.