In what is quickly becoming the future of retail, Nordstrom will open six restaurants inside its new flagship store in New York City when it opens in October.
The Seattle retailer has partnered with renowned Seattle chefs Ethan Stowell and Tom Douglas to create some of the new food and beverage concepts.
Stowell will open Wolf, which will resemble his popular How to Cook a Wolf restaurant in the Queen Anne neighborhood. Douglas, who already operates a restaurant at the Bellevue Nordstrom store, will open a pizza and pasta restaurant and another, called Hani Pacific, that will feature Pacific Rim-influenced dishes. The other concepts include two bars -- one in the shoe section -- and a bistro.
Nordstrom opened its first restaurant nearly 40 years ago and now operates 20 different restaurant concepts for a total of 253 offerings across its 119 full-line stores. The New York City store will have more restaurants than any other Nordstrom location.
Specialty retailers and grocers across the country have increasingly been opening restaurants in recent years to lure shoppers. Retailers from Neiman Marcus to Saks Fifth Avenue have opened restaurants to offer more experiential experiences to customers.
Locally, Seattle’s Tutta Bella Neopolitan Pizzeria and grocer QFC recently announced that the pizza chain would open a restaurant inside QFC’s new store in the Kirkland Urban development.