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Williams Equities Signs Restaurant Anchor, Glove Maker to 1201 Broadway

Williams Equities has signed Corner Table Restaurants to an 11,000-square-foot space on the ground floor and lower level of 1201 Broadway, as well as a long-term, 13,670-square-foot lease for U.K. glove manufacturer Fownes Brothers & Co., Inc. The leases are the first transactions in the repositioning of the Art Deco building, which is being upgraded to incorporate ultra-modern features.

Corner Table Restaurants will introduce a new restaurant concept led by Jeffrey Lefcourt, Michael Jacobs, Adam Burke, and Brian Ellison on the ground and lower levels of the building in 2020.

“NoMad has become one of the hottest dining and hotel corridors in Midtown South. I can’t think of a more exciting addition to 1201 Broadway — and the entire neighborhood — than bringing a new restaurant concept from creators of The Smith,” said Andrew Roos, a principal with Williams Equities. “Jeffrey Lefcourt and his team are brilliant restaurateurs. Their new concept will further galvanize this entire corridor.” 

David A. Green, a vice chairman and New York Retail Group co-head with Colliers International and Nicole Mendelson, associate, arranged the restaurant lease on behalf of ownership. Alexandra Turboff of Branded Concept Development represented Corner table Restaurants.

Established in 1777 in Worcester, England, Fownes Brothers is one of the world’s renowned glove manufacturers, servicing Lord & Taylor and other major retailers. The company is scheduled to relocate from the northern edge of Midtown South into its new 8th-floor office space at 1201 Broadway later this year, pending build-out of the space. it is first full-floor lease for the building since the 1950s. Evan Margolin, John Mambrino and Scott Ansel of Studley represented Fownes.

“NoMad is one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in Midtown South,” said Mac Roos with Colliers International Tri-State, who along with Michael Joseph arranged the Fownes lease on behalf of ownership. “The extensive capital improvements ownership has committed to the property and its overall reposition are attracting upper-echelon tenants from every business sector.”

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