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Lexus to Shutter Danny Meyer-Operated Intersect by Lexus in NYC

After three years in the Meatpacking District, Intersect by Lexus will come to an abrupt finish. The restaurant, managed by the Lexus automobile model and operated by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, is closing for good on January 15, in accordance to a restaurant spokesperson.

There was no particular cause given for the closure, however the spokesperson says it had nothing to do with challenges of the the COVID-19 pandemic and that even after a short hiatus, the restaurant was “booked solidly with reservations.”

When Lexus opened its 16,500-square-foot branded area in the Meatpacking District, it was one of many splashiest #SponCon tasks in the U.S. by a luxurious automobile model. Nearby, Onjium at Genesis House opened in November as the road of cars from Korea appears to make a much bigger splash in the United States. Mercedes additionally operated a pop-up area a block from Genesis.

“We are proud of what we have accomplished, and we consider Intersect by Lexus — NYC a great success,” the spokesperson stated.

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Fifty-five staff who at the moment work at Intersect shall be provided an opportunity to work elsewhere inside USHG. According to a spokesperson for the restaurant, “There are 211 open positions available across Union Square Hospitality Group and Union Square Events… and we are confident in the ability to find a new position for anyone who desires.”

The entrance to Intersect by Lexus

The entrance to Intersect by Lexus in NYC.

Louise Palmberg/Eater NY

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It’s a sudden finish for a restaurant that by all measures appeared to be nonetheless going sturdy. Intersect opened in November 2018, and in an early overview, Eater critic Ryan Sutton discovered that regardless of there being a full-sized Lexus SUV parked in its foyer, the restaurant’s “expertly executed food” saved it to from “feeling like a total corporate shill.”

During its three-year run, the restaurant — which operates on a rotating chef-in-residence system — hosted high-quality eating cooks from across the globe. Gregory Marchand of the one-Michelin-starred Frenchie in Paris and London kicked off the splashy opening, and throughout the pandemic, award-winning cooks resembling David Kinch of the three-starred Manresa in California cooked at Intersect by Lexus. Nina Compton of the lauded New Orleans restaurant Compère Lapin is the most recent chef to take residency in its kitchen.

Intersect by Lexus plans to maintain its two different worldwide areas open, the spokesperson stated. The unique Tokyo outlet is at the moment open, and the Dubai area is present process renovations earlier than a scheduled mid-January reopening.

Bao Ong contributed reporting.

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