FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Gourmet food market Dean & DeLuca is on its way to Wall Street, with plans to serve booze and act more like a restaurant than a grocery store.
The fine-foods chain is slated to open an expansive shop at 40 Wall St. next year, and the new locale is expected to include a sitdown eatery, the company said.
Dean & DeLuca president Justin Seamonds told The Wall Street Journal that the company is planning to “serve a broader marketplace” in the Financial District, especially as the neighborhood is "becoming a more popular place to dine and drink after work."
Details about the market are still being sorted out, but Seamonds "hopes that wine, beer and possibly spirits will be part of the mix."
A spokeswoman for Dean & DeLuca told DNAinfo New York that "they expect to have a significant seating component and some level of full service."
The gourmet retailer, which first opened in Manhattan in 1977, has five other locations in the city. It also runs a number of stores across the country and internationally.