Having gotten rid of that finicky ol’ Picasso tapestry in his renovations of the Philip Johnson-designed Four Seasons restaurant in the Seagram Building in New York (Yeah! Fuck you, Picasso!), developer Aby Rosen now plans to re-name the restaurant, according to the New York Times. No name name has been chosen yet, but Rosen has signed a contract with chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi and their business partner, Jeff Zalaznick, the brains behind Dirty French and Carbone, to revamp the menu.
Of the legendary restaurant, which has landmark status, causing numerous clashes between Rosen and the conservancy board for the last year, Rosen told the Times, “We are not desecrating it,” and that the upgrades to the interior–including changes to the lighting and the furniture’s leather upholstery–are a means of bringing a “fresh look to it.” Somewhat more ominously, Carbone told the Paper of Record, “No matter how bad you want it to be, it’s not a museum…It’s a living, breathing thing that’s all about innovation.”
The Picasso tapestry, Le Tricorne, which hung in the restaurant for more than 50 years, was relocated to the New York Historical Society. As for the Four Seasons’ new name, might we recommend “Scorched Earth”?