Major restaurateur lists historic UES mansion for $19M

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It turns out restaurateur Simon Oren is not only talented in investing in food places, he’s also got a knack for investing in real estate. 238725392-1

The restaurateur behind such New York staples as Cafe D’Alsace, French Roast, Le Monde, Maison, Nice Matin, Pigalle, L’Express and Five Napkin Burger (among others), has just listed his townhouse at 121 East 79th Street for $18.5 million, according to city records. If he achieves even close to the asking price, he’ll be getting an incredible return on investment for the home, which he bought in 1997 for only $2.1 million.

According to the listing, the home has six bedrooms and more than five bathrooms. It has a glorious open kitchen with a glass wall that leads out to the garden, an elevator, arched floor-to-ceiling windows, an artist’s studio on the fifth floor and a gym. The bottom floor is currently a medical office. The home was built around 1907, and was one of the original homes on the block.

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