John DeLucie

Chef, Restaurateur, Author, Musician

Fit for a King

Following a $400,000 makeover years ago, a nostalgic Chef John DeLucie is taking over the St. Regis’ legendary King Cole Bar

Whether you know the King Cole Bar at Manhattan’s St. Regis Hotelfor its namesake art (an eye-popping mural by Maxfield Parrish), its highbrow clientele, or a little drink said to be invented on the premises called a Bloody Mary, you’re likely familiar with the storied history of the watering hole. Dali drank here. So did Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and even John Lennon. And cinephiles may recognize the space from The Devil Wears PradaHannah and Her Sisters and The First Wives’ Club.

This week, an upgraded King Cole will reopen under the command of chef John DeLucie, who made his name at such impressive eateries as Crown, The Lion and The Waverly Inn. DuJour spoke with DeLucie about what to expect from the bar and what’s really happening in Parrish’s famous painting.