The team behind the iconic Four Seasons Restaurant hasn't completely vacated that midcentury masterpiece, but they're already on the hunt for an architect to build out their new digs. According to the New York Post, owners Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder will bring a new restaurant to 280 Park Avenue, which was designed by Henry Dreyfuss in the 1960s, and have narrowed the list of architects they'd like to partner with down to four.
Paul Goldberger, the architecture critic for Vanity Fair, has apparently been consulting with the duo on the forthcoming restaurant, and told the Post that "[Niccolini and Von Bidder] they want to do something that will be as important to the 21st century as the original was to the 20th century." They may make their decision as soon as next month.
The Four Seasons in its original incarnation will close on July 16; after that, Major Food Group (the team behind Parm and Carbone, among others) will move in. Niccolini and Von Bidder recently came under fire for their plans to auction off the restaurant's interiors, including pieces designed by Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, who created the modernist masterpiece in the 1950s. The pair was pushed out by owner Aby Rosen, amid other changes he wanted to make to the restaurant (including removing the massive Picasso mural that once hung in the space).