Big news today from Quince, the exquisite, expensive, two Michelin-starred restaurant from Michael and Lindsay Tusk. The Jackson Square restaurant is temporarily closing its doors from July 25 through September 19 as it revamps its interior. New Quince will have a "stunning private entryway" along with new private dining rooms, a kitchen with chef's counter seating, and "enriched décor elements." Most interestingly, it will have a new bar and lounge that will focus on Champange, specifically small-batch producers chosen by Wine Director Jai Wilson.
In the appropriately named Champagne Lounge, you will also be able to order Chef Michael Tusk's food a la carte from the nine-course tasting menus served in the dining room. (Saison tried that, with mixed results, but perhaps Quince can pull it off.) But don't get too excited. A menu of hors d'oevres will start at $25, and there will be something called "caviar service."
As all this stuff is happening at the restaurant, it sounds like the Tusks will be occupied with curATE, a "ticketed pop-up dining series" at the Hedge Gallery from July 30 through August 30. Ticketed dining is all the rage these days, thanks to the success that Chicago restaurants Alinea, Next, and The Aviary have seen with it (this blog post tells you all you need to know about their reasoning behind tickets instead of reservations).
There will be five, five-course menus throughout the series with different curators, on themes from "deconstruction" to "far away" depending on the art shown. Tickets for the dinners start at $199, though you can also buy a $50 spot at a wine-and-canape reception prior to each dinner. Find out more and buy tickets on the curATE website.