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Casa Lever Renews Lease at Park Avenue’s Iconic Lever House

Brookfield Properties and WatermanClark, LLC today announced that Casa Lever, the renowned Milanese fine dining destination located on the ground floor of Park Avenue’s landmark office tower, Lever House, has signed a long-term lease renewal for its space. The lease extension comes as Casa Lever embarks on a full refurbishment of its interior dining room and the creation of new outdoor dining, lounge and bar spaces.

The restaurant will be temporarily closed until early summer 2023, when the renovated space will be unveiled alongside new menu items reflecting Casa Lever’s signature elevated Italian approach.

The restaurant improvements are part of the broader $100 million redevelopment program of the iconic Lever House. The redevelopment, which began in 2022, will fully modernize and restore the 22-story, 260,000-square-foot tower along with its ground-level public plaza, lobby, and 15,000-square-foot outdoor terrace spaces overlooking Park Avenue. The third floor will feature the new Lever Club, a lounge, restaurant, conference venue, and hospitality suite designed by Marmol Radziner.

“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the team at Casa Lever, whose elevated culinary offerings are very much in keeping with the architectural masterpiece they call home,” said Alan Bernstein of WatermanClark. “Our goal is to provide an experience of the highest caliber for our tenants and patrons, and we are honored to extend our partnership with Casa Lever, continuing Lever House’s legacy as Midtown’s premier dining destination.” 

Casa Lever opened in 2009 on the ground floor of Lever House, as part of Sant Ambroeus Hospitality Group. It quickly became the sought-after venue for business and fine dining in Midtown Manhattan. Helmed by culinary director Iacopo Falai, Casa Lever is known for its refined Italian dining experience and high level of artistry, culminating in a curated menu of beautifully composed dishes meticulously crafted using only the highest quality ingredients available. An elegant reprieve from the bustle of the city, Casa Lever as a dynamic space that combines best in class Italian food with the rich history of the building and modern 21st-century design.

“Since we opened 14 years ago Lever House has played a central role as we provided unparalleled Milanese hospitality and a fine dining experience for our guests,” said Gherardo Guarducci at SA Hospitality Group. “We have a deep connection to the space as well as to Park Avenue and its history, and we look forward to welcoming patrons back in the Spring to our refreshed dining room and new outdoor dining, lounge and bar spaces at this iconic, beloved building.”

Completed in 1952 as the U.S. headquarters of soap company Lever Brothers, Lever House has been globally recognized for its architectural influence at the time of its completion and in the decades following. It was one of the earliest examples of a glass curtain wall facade, revolutionizing Park Avenue, which had exclusively featured buildings of brick and masonry to that point. The facade, along with the positioning of the building’s slim tower along the north end of the site, allow for ample sunlight on all floors. The remainder of the site is covered by a podium which appears to float on stainless steel columns, giving the ground floor over to public space rather than retail – a decision that redefined the relationship between the private and public realms. Lever House is hailed as an icon of the shift to modern skyscrapers, and later became one of only 50 buildings globally to win a Twenty-five Year Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

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