Good News and Bad News for Ark Restaurants. Hint: The Good News Involves Walt Frazier!

Julie Besonen
Walt "Clyde" Frazier, the NBA Hall of Famer and New York Knicks broadcaster who is also legendary for his sartorial flair, is teaming up with Michael Weinstein of Ark Restaurants to open a sports-themed restaurant and wine bar at the end of the year. Clyde's Wine and Dine, seating 250 guests, will be at 505 W. 37th Street, convenient to Madison Square Garden for pre- and post-game revelry as well as a place to watch sports on state-of-the-art screens. Morphosis Architects, the Los Angeles-based firm responsible for the new, brashly designed academic building at Cooper Union, has rendered a plan that will incorporate a lounge, bar, dining room and multiple images of Frazier. David Waltuck, of Chanterelle fame, is developing the New American menu.

Now for the bad news. Ark, which lost the lease on Gonzalez y Gonzalez earlier this year, will be saying goodbye to another long-running restaurant in their portfolio this fall. The Grill Room, a plush steakhouse in the World Financial Center, has been handed their hat by the building's owner. The Grill Room, which opened in 1997, suffered severe damage on 9/11 and reopened at the end of 2002, will most likely be gone forever by September or October.

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