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Michelin star chef John Fraser’s Nix opens at 72 University Place

Michelin-star chef John Fraser’s new all-vegetarian restaurant Nix has opened at 72 University Place in Greenwich Village.

At Nix, Fraser and restauranteur James Truman, the former editorial director of Conde Nast, will be offering a vegetarian menu prepared using both a wok station and tandoor oven.

Steve Ells, founder of Chipolte Mexican Grill, is the restaurant’s primary investor.

James Famularo, principal and senior director in Eastern Consolidated’s Retail Leasing Division, represented Fraser, while associates Jeff Geoghegan and Alex Geisinger represented the landlord in the 10-year, 2,000 s/f lease for Nix at 72 University Place.

“John was searching for a long time for a space on University Place because it’s a special corridor with historic buildings and an abundance of charm,” Famularo said.

“When I heard we got the listing for 72 University Place, I immediately called John who jumped at the chance to lease the space before anyone else even saw it.”

In recent months, Famularo has arranged restaurant leases for chef David Chang, who opened Momofuku Nishi at 232 Eighth Avenue; Tatsuya Sekiguchi, who is opening Sushi Tatsu at 175 Franklin Street; Ben Pope who is opening Sum at 165 Avenue B; Joon Kim, Seoul Bistro in Brooklyn; and the Plaza Hotel’s luxury caviar boutique and bar, Olma Caviar Bar, which will be opening a second location at 420 Amsterdam Avenue.

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