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L'Espalier - Mandarin deal off?

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I thought that L'Espalier was moving to the Mandarin Hotel. When I just checked the Mandarin's web site it lists a different restaurant as their signature place... a place called Asana with chef Nicolas Boutin. It states, "At Asana, our signature restaurant, there are scores of perfect pairs to please the palette – from artisan cheeses paired with exclusive wines, to the creative menu, which features both refined American cuisine and authentic Asian dishes. One can even choose between two seating areas – the elegant main dining room or Asana’s exclusive Chef’s Table." What up? I've done some searching and can't find anything about the deal falling apart. Did I miss something? Anyone know what's going on.

http://www.mandarinoriental.com/hotel...

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  1. Last I checked (a few days ago), L'Espalier was claiming to be moving to the Mandarin in September 2008. Is it possible that the hotel is large enough to support several luxury-class restaurants?

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      True. The Mandarin in NYC has Asiate as its signature restaurant, but the building also houses PerSe, Landmarc, Porterhouse New York, Bouchon Bakery, the Masas and something coming to replace Cafe Gray. (I know that the Mandarin is just a tennant, but with so many rooms, it can use a few options.)

    2. The signs for both L'Espalier and Sel de la Terre are in the windows at the Mandrin Oriental. These are independent restaurants leasing space there and as far as I know will open in the early fall. Asana is the hotel's restaurant,which will serve the residents and guests, probably at all hours. From walking by, it's still hard to figure out where the restaurants. will be. I'm assumming that Sel de la Terre will be street level and that L'Espalier will be behind it or on the second floor, but I'm guessing the Oriental's restaurants will be on the second floor. Hope this helps.

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      1. re: ghostcat

        This makes sense: I doubt that either hotel guests or L'Espalier would be much interested in participating in a room-service transaction. "I'll have two eggs scrambled with the chickpea panisse, and a side of cèpe flan". I wonder whether it will still do the daily prix fixe lunch, and whether Sel will do breakfast and lunch on a regular basis.

        1. re: ghostcat

          Sel de la Terre is moving there too?

          That's dumb, IMO.

          1. re: C. Hamster

            I would agree. I've heard that l'Espalier will be on the 2nd floor, and it seems to me that SdlT would cannibalize the business of its above neighbor. Certainly as a hotel guest I would choos the less expensive but still elegant and enjoyable option.

            1. re: almansa

              I disagree. SDT and L'Espalier are so different that they shouldn't cannibalize from one another.

            2. re: C. Hamster

              SDLT is not moving, but opening another outlet at the Mandarin. The one by the Aquarium will remain open.

          2. We inquired what the plans are at L'espalier's lunch a few weeks ago. The very earnest server told us that they are still planning to move, but looks like October.

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            1. re: yumyum

              Does anyone know the date L'Espalier is serving its last meal on Gloucester?

            2. I've already deleted it, but I received an email from L'Espalier last week discussing their move to the MO.

              1. Just got another email from L'Espalier. Here's a snipit:

                "L'Espalier will be open all summer at 30 Gloucester Street to cater to your special whims.

                We all know how summer speeds by. We hope to catch you before it is over, and look forward to seeing you at 774 Boylston Street in the fall!"

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                1. re: Blumie

                  It's SDLT's 3rd location. I think it'll do well in the Back Bay as well.

                2. was chatting w/ the GM @ SDLT on Sunday - a fire delayed things by 6 months, but SDLT #3 is still scheduled to open there, as well as the L'Espalier move. Sadly, they had staffed-up in order to make the opening/move as smooth as possible, but the delay has screwed-up everything - most folks can't wait 6 months for the job to be ready...

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                  1. re: ritcey

                    the mandarin deal is definitely a *go*.

                    even with the delay, they are still running frequent ads on craig's list for foh and commissary help. i know they are having a helluva time getting staff for natick, and presume they will need to continue looking for boston people.

                    the group will require a very large amount of staff as the talent pool shrinks and shrinks...