Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten plans to bring the casual SoHo vibe of the Mercer Kitchen to his first Paris outpost. The new restaurant, still unnamed, is set to open this summer at 15 Avenue Matignon, just up the street from Christie’s auction house. With an interior decorated by Christian Liagre, it’s destined to become the new fashion canteen. After all, Vongerichten is leasing the space from Christie’s owner and fashion tycoon Francois Pinault.
Diners poring over the tissue-thin menu at the trendy Paris restaurant Georges are inspecting the latest work by pencil-thin designer Hedi Slimane. The Costes brothers, who own Georges, invited the hot Dior men’s wear designer to put his mark on their carte, which changes every few months. Slimane contributed the pattern for a pleated scarf from his debut collection, titled “Solitaire.”
As for the food selections, Slimane had no say. But regulars might note the absence of one popular dessert at Georges: the YSL chocolate tart. It’s intriguing, since Slimane was the designer for YSL men’s before he defected to rival luxury group LVMH. Both the restaurant and Dior insist the change is not due to the bitter conflict, just sweet coincidence. Meanwhile, those hankering for designer sugar should fear not: A Paul Smith millefeuille will soon be added to the menu.