For the last 15 years, Radius has been part of a select group of white tablecloth restaurants. But as the country has shifted toward a more casual dining experience, and with his lease set to expire July 1, owner Michael Schlow decided to close the Financial District mainstay next month. “If our lease wasn’t over, we wouldn’t be leaving. I want to be clear about that,” Schlow says. He would have invested in the place, he says. “I don’t want to call it ‘re-concept it’ — but to gently tweak.” Instead, the chef behind Barrio Cantina (formerly Happy’s Bar & Kitchen), Tico, Alta Strada, and Via Matta has decided to tweak the concept elsewhere. Schlow plans to open in another location and “probably a different name, but [with] the same team.” He wouldn’t divulge prospective sites for the venture, only noting that they’re all within a 10-minute walk of Radius’s current High Street location, and that he’s in negotiations. Radius’s official last day is June 29. Schlow plans to host a series of events before that, including an alumni dinner, cooking classes, and an evening with Mario Batali.
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Michael Schlow looks to ‘tweak’ fine dining concept
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