Brooks Brothers is exploring opening a restaurant near its iconic retail store in Manhattan.
The clothier, which introduced ready-to-wear suits, started in 1818 and has garbed 39 U.S. presidents from Lincoln to Obama. The planned restaurant from the company that first brought you the pink dress shirt is, of course, a steakhouse.
Its foray into food, however, is in the "very early stages" according to spokesman Arthur Wayne, and it's limited to the East 44th Street site. Wayne said there is "no immediate plan" to go beyond that. "We're only planning for the first one."
That amuse-bouche of information about the "Makers and Merchants" steakery does make you contemplate the menu possibilities: The Button-Down Burger, The Repp Rib-eye, The Polo Potato, maybe a cocktail called The Argyle Sock. Since the symbol of the company is the Golden Fleece, you imagine a high tab, too.
Brooks Brothers also has a "Mad Men" collection, for the medium-gray sharkskin look of Don Draper and Roger Sterling. That should take care of the martini list.
On a more sober note, there are Brooks Brothers stores in major Long Island shopping centers, including the Americana in Manhasset, Walt Whitman in Huntington Station, and Tanger in Riverhead and Deer Park.