2/14/2013 12:16:00 PM

Schlow's Radius Not for Sale, but Future is in Question

Radius dining room

The future of Radius, Michael Schlow’s flagship French restaurant in the Financial District, is up in the air.

“Radius is not for sale,” Schlow told Zagat, “but our extension is over this year. We have to explore what we want to do. "Maybe we’ll stay there, maybe we’ll build a new restaurant,” said Schlow. “It’s a great location.” Schlow said he’s been in discussions with the landlord, who is also showing the space to other prospects.

With the five-year extension on the 10-year lease up this summer, Schlow is taking advantage of Radius’ 15-year anniversary to bring in special guest chefs, and host dinners and events to mark the occasion. Schlow said while last year was tough for business (“things were getting slower and slower”), this year has already started off stronger.

“Good restaurants will always be in demand,” said Schlow, ticking off other fine dining establishments such as Menton, L’Espalier and O Ya. Schlow added that he doesn’t like to use the terms “fine dining” or “upscale." “Not that [that kind of dining] is dead,” said Schlow. “It’s just they’re dirty words. They needn’t be.”

Schlow opened Radius in 1999 with then partner Christopher Myers (Myers + Chang) and a strong management team that included Esti Parsons (Sam’s) and pastry chef Paul Connors. The restaurant earned accolades and Schlow was named James Beard Award's "Best Chef: Northeast" in 2000.

As for what's next, Schlow confirmed he is looking to expand Alta Strada, a chic Italian eatery in Wellesley, into other suburban markets. He mentioned Burlington and Braintree as two towns of interest.

A second Tico, Schlow's casual Latin restaurant in the Back Bay, is slated to open in Washington, D.C. next year.

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