Restaurateurs Move in on Museums

Cafe d'art, a museum restaurant, makes special cakes for each museum exhibit

Cafe d’Art, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Leading restauranteurs in the US are finding new business opportunities in restaurants in museums. The concept isn’t new. Gourmet magazine featured a terrific article on the world’s best museum restaurants. These include everything from Nerua in the Guggenheim in Bilbao whose chef is a disciple of il Bulli and the Cafe Capaman at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris to the Cafe d’Art in Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo which makes cakes that tie in with museum exhibits.New York restaurant guru Danny Meyer has had his award winning Modern at the Museum of Modern Art for a number of years. Now, in the past two years the trend has accelerated as museums see these restaurants as an added service, generator of “buzz”, ¬†and source of additional revenue. The Whitney recently opened Untitled, the New York Historical Society has a new eatery run by noted Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr and the hot Little Italy restaurant Torrisi Italian Specialties is said to be opening an eatery next to the downtown Whitney museum.The trend isn’t confined to Manhattan. At MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Montreal chefs Hugue Dufour and Srah Obraitis have opened the M.Wells Dinette where they serve up salt cod brandade and Black Forest Charlotte. Sounds like a “win win” for all.

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