Scott Conant, Steakhouse Consultant?

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Scott Conant is consulting for an Italian steakhouse called Lugo, a source close to Scarpetta tells Grub Street. The Eighth Avenue and 33rd Street location matches an inactive OpenTable listing for "Lugo Caf." If you call the number listed, you'll reach Tupelo Grill at 1 Penn Plaza, a steakhouse currently closed for renovations. An outgoing message says a new venture will open in the space in October. Scott Conant insisted to us that he knew nothing about Lugo, but curiously added that "it's not a steakhouse."