The Durst Organization is partnering with Michelin-Starred restaurateur and entrepreneur Claus Meyer and Convene to operate the amenity space at Four Times Square.
Meyer will curate and operate all food and beverage functions to create a one-of-a kind workplace eatery, which includes a food hall in the Frank Gehry designed cafeteria, coffee bar run by Meyer’s Brownsville Roasters, corporate catering and grab and go options, all on the building’s 4th floor.
Convene has signed a management agreement with Durst to operate and manage the 20,000 s/f meeting, event and conference space.
The $35 million full-service amenity floor will include a dedicated meeting planning team and technology infrastructure, and is part of an additional $100 million capital upgrade in the building.
“We look forward to collaborating with Chef Claus Meyer and Convene to create an extraordinary amenity at Four Times Square,” said Jonathan (Jody) Durst, president of The Durst Organization.
“We have a unique opportunity to create an alternative work space for our growing tenant roster and their employees that will foster greater employee productivity and a sense of community within the building.”
Meyer, who revolutionized the culture of workplace dining in Denmark through his work with over 70 corporations, commented, “The art of cooking for people is at the heart of everything we do, at every level, our mission to take care of and nourish our guests is truly a passion.”
45,600 s/f floor was redesigned by Studios Architecture. The northern portion will feature a coffee bar and lounge, a servery with artisanal food hall stations and a wood-lined Portal that opens to the Garden Room with a green wall. The Frank Gehry designed cafeteria, originally created for former tenant Condé Nast, was reimagined as a striking architectural centerpiece of the floor.
Durst recently completed a $100 million capital improvement plan at 4 Times Square which included new entrances, lobby, new turnstiles and concierge desk.
The Durst Organization is an investor in Convene, which operates an approximately 37,000 s/f corporate meeting and event space at Durst’s 117 West 46th Street. Convene also manages One World Commons, a full-service tenant amenity space on the 64th Floor of One World Trade Center.
The Durst Organization was represented in-house by principal David Neil, Executive Vice President of Commercial Leasing Tom Bow and Senior Managing Director of Commercial Leasing Rocco Romeo and was advised on food and beverage matters by Omri Green of TZ Hospitality Advisors.