Susur Lee is closing his eponymous King West eatery to open a restaurant in New York City later this summer. Canada’s most celebrated chef tells NOW he’ll be whipping up his last supper at Susur (601 King West, 416-603-2205) on May 31.
“You just can’t do the same thing all the time,” says Lee, explaining his surprise relocation to the Big Apple. “And I’ve been doing my tasting menu for years.”
Will Lee be bringing his signature East-West fusion card to the currently nameless Manhattan resto he’s launching in tandem with the trendy Thompson Hotel group?
“It’s going to be different,” says Lee. “Not too expensive. Very relaxed, very modern, but definitely Susur.”
Lee will continue to oversee tapas bar Lee, his other local cantina (603 King West, 416-504-7867), but he has no plans to reopen Susur.
“I’m not sure what I want to do with it yet,” says Lee, noting that he doesn’t plan to sell the building. “Times change, and you have to change with them. It’s a crazy business.”