One year from now, tourists looking for a glimpse of Mario Batali's orange Crocs will have not one, but two Eataly outposts to visit—one at Madison Square Park, and another in retail hub 4 World Trade Center.
About six months ago, sources told the Post that Eataly might be opening a downtown location. Then in May, the Eataly team confirmed those expansion rumors, and casually mentioned that they wanted to bring the business uptown, too. (So far, there's no word on where New York City's third Eataly will land.)
The slightly smaller World Trade Center outpost will be in good company with a yet-to-be-confirmed mix of high-low retailers. ""It includes the best global fashion and lifestyle brands ... It is a curated mix for the vast audience we will serve," a Westfield WTC spokesman said last month.
Not to be outdone in the food department, however, nearby Brookfield Place is getting a revamped version of the restaurant L'Atelier, as well as the already-reported French market-and-restaurant-complex that Eater describes as "Eataly-esque." Looks like things are getting heated in the Battle for FiDi.
· Joel Robuchon to Bring L'Atelier Back to New York City; Eataly Plans a Downtown Expansion [Eater NY]
· So Eataly May or May Not Be Opening at 4 World Trade Center [Racked NY]
· Did Brookfield Win the Fidi Battle? [Racked NY]