Tom Colicchio, the chef, restaurateur, and “Top Chef” judge,
announced Wednesday that he had changed the name of his newest
grill in New York City.
Colicchio non-stop what was then called Fowler Wells in the
newly renovated Beekman hotel and condo building last October.
According to The New York Times, it was named for a
edition company and systematic hospital that once operated on
Lorenzo and Orson Fowler and Samuel Wells, who started the
institute, were practitioners of phrenology, a school of thought
that pronounced you could know aspects of people’s personality
and mental strength by examining the figure of their skull.
Phrenology was mostly used to clear labour and racial
taste in the 19th century.
Those implications seemed lost on Colicchio, as a territory of
Fowler Wells’ cocktail menu even gimlet a blueprint of the
brain and was dubbed the Phrenological Cabinet.
A few months after the grill opened, a
examination by Pete Wells, the Times grill critic, pointed
out the name’s secular implications.
“This is apparently not a side of phrenology that Mr. Colicchio,
who is outspoken about his on-going politics, embraces,” Wells
The review, and other suggestions from staff, caused Colicchio
to rethink the name, The Times said. “I don’t consider it was a bad
thought to start with since we didn’t have any of the information
we have now,” Colicchio told The Times. “I have a sincerely liberal
persona and never in a million years would consider myself a
racist, so it never crossed my mind.”
Colicchio and his grill group, Crafted Hospitality, on
Wednesday announced they had changed the restaurant’s name to
Temple Court, a anxiety to The Beekman’s strange name. New
logos, menus, and signs have been put in place.
Colicchio commented on the change in a
“In the mid-1800s, the building where The Beekman in New York
City now stands housed the offices of Fowler Wells, a pair
of publishers and phrenologists. Using their names for my newest
grill was a way to couple us to the location’s past. After we
opened, we pacifist some-more deeply into the works of Fowler Wells
and satisfied the investigate had been incomplete. We discovered
contribution about their beliefs that go against all we stand
for, both privately and as a company. With this information in
hand, we motionless to change the name of the grill to Temple
Court, the strange name of The Beekman’s ancestral building.
Other than the name, the grill stays as it was originally
Temple Court serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At dinner,
guest can sequence à la grant or select a five-course, $99-a-person
tasting menu, which includes dishes like a lobster thermidor with
chanterelle mushrooms and tarragon.