Sour grapes at downtown Four Seasons over wine storage: LAWSUIT

30 Park Place (credit: Corcoran)

The wine at downtown Manhattan’s new Four Seasons hotel and residences is turning to vinegar. Tishman, the New York construction giant known for building the World Trade Center, was slapped with a lawsuit this week by the wine-storage consulting company it tapped for the luxury tower at 30 Park Place.

Wine Trend claims to have signed a of $515,000 contract with Tishman to design and install a custom wine storage and cooling unit in the Four Seasons. After completing the project and receiving just $23,100 of the contracted sum, Wine Trend says Tishman stopped payment with no explanation, according to a lawsuit filed in a Manhattan federal court.

A Wine Trend storage facility in the Rosewood Hotel Abu Dhabi

“Frustrated by the lack of explanation or contact, Wine Trend filed a Mechanic’s Lien against the property. Tishman has bonded the lien, but still failed and refused to pay the sums remaining due, or to explain the lack of payment and lack of communication, and instead has simply ignored Wine Trend,” the lawsuit states.

Since Wine Trend installed its high-end wine system, the Robert A.M. Stern-designed building has opened to guests and residents. A $32 million apartment is currently in contract in the tower. Celebrities including Matthew Perry and Yolanda Hadid have moved in. And Wine Trend alleges it just goes to show that “Tishman has been unjustly enriched by its failure to fulfill its obligation of payment of the full value of the wine storage, change order, and the work performed.”

Tishman declined to comment.

Wine Trend — which has installed similar wine facilities in Porsche Design Tower, St. Regis Macau, Pier A in Battery Park and the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach — is seeking $129,560, plus interest, costs of suit and perhaps further damages.