“Nobu-style” Restaurant Coming to White Plains


My colleague Keith Eddings has the scoop on the new restaurant going in on Main Street across from Via Quadronno and the Ritz. Louis Cappelli, the developer, will partner with Louis Ceruzzi to open a Japanese fusion restaurant.

This, from Keith:

WHITE PLAINS — The developer who built City Center and the Ritz-Carlton towers will open a restaurant he says will be patterned after Nobu, a high-end chain of international restaurants known for sushi with a spin, in the glass beehive of a building that has been empty since he built it on Main and Court Streets just before opening the Ritz last year.

Louis Cappelli said he would open the restaurant by Thanksgiving in a partnership with Louis Ceruzzi, who opened Via Quadronno with Cappelli on the ground floor of the Bar Building directly across Court Street earlier this year.

Cappelli also is partners in BLT Steak and 42, restaurants on the ground and top floors of the Ritz’s south tower, which will make the new restaurant his fourth in a year that he will have opened in a tight cluster around the Ritz.
“It’ll have a bit of Asian flavor, sushi, modeled after the Nobu theme but higher end,” Cappelli said in classic Cappelli hype. He said he spoke to the owners of several other upscale Manhattan restaurant, including Le Cirque, a landmark among Manhattan’s dining elite, before deciding to open the new restaurant with Ceruzzi.The restaurant will seat about 80, including in a rooftop cafe overlooking Main Street and the Ritz.

The new restaurant, still unnamed, will add to the retail-bar-restaurant churn that has continued along Mamaroneck Avenue and its side streets even through the economic slump that has stalled the city’s residential market in recent months, much of it due to the buzz that Cappelli’s City Center and Ritz towers have brought to downtown.

The churn has been greatest this year at the foot of Mamaroneck Avenue just a block from the Ritz, where a People’s United Bank opened beside the Fountain Park three weeks ago, after giving the boot to a Payless Shoe Store outlet paid less than a third the $360,000 annual rent the bank will pay. A door down — and in an odd spin for the neighborhood — the U.S. Marine Corps and Army are scheduled to open a joint recruitment center in August.

Look for Keith’s full story on Tuesday. The new place completes a little restaurant row on Main Street, including Vintage, Peniche, Karamba Cafe, Via Quadronno and BLT Steak. Small Bites photos of the space under construction can be seen here.


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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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