Open & Closed: Say Hello to Der Schwarze Kolner; Goodbye to La Goulue
It comes as little surprise that just days after Frederick's Downtown closed, its sister restaurant on the Upper East Side has also shuttered. Owner Frederick Lesort tried to battle slow business by offering discounts, but apparently it wasn't enough to save either restaurant.
Upper East Side mainstay La Goulue is planning to close its doors later this month. The owners say they will place the restaurant's fixtures in storage until they can find a new space to which they can relocate.
Fort Greene has finally gotten a glimpse of its first beer garden in the form of Der Schwarze Kolner, the much anticipated German restaurant and beer hall. The outdoor garden has yet to open, but the beers and brats are already flowing.
The Gerber Group, which owns the Stone Rose Lounge in the Time Warner Center and Whiskey Blue in the W, has opened Forty's, yet another swank lounge on 48th Street, serving up a menu of 48 rotating bar snacks and drinks like the French Forty Eight.
Oceana is making the move from the East Side to Rockefeller Center. The new space has more than 200 seats, and the menu will be largely a la carte, with a big raw bar selection. Expect a 20 percent discount through mid-September.