The Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic will no longer open the two highly-anticipated restaurants in New York, contrary to her announcement made in September 2014, French Morning has learned.
The project has been suspended “until further notice,” confirms Vanessa Dalous, spokesperson for la Maison Pic. “The partner shareholder has made the decision to suspend the project until further notice for personal reasons.”
Anne-Sophie Pic is the only French chef to have been awarded three Michelin stars. She was supposed to open a 50-seat version of her Parisian restaurant la Dame de Pic at 510 Madison Avenue — a 30-story glass tower at the corner of Madison Avenue and 53rd Street — at the end of 2015.
On the ground floor of the same building, Pic had planned to open a New York branch of the Met Café a high-end Monacan restaurant. The two establishments were expected to employ a hundred people and would have been the first New York outpost of the chef who was named the best in the world in 2011 by the group responsible for naming the 50 best restaurants in the world. Preparations were already well underway, supervised by chef Sylvain Portay, recruited 8 months ago and formerly of the Alain Ducasse group.
Apparently, the expenses associated with the opening had been under estimated, leading to the unexpected withdrawal of the Monacan investor.