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The Four Seasons, home of the original power lunch, closes

July 16, 2016
FILE - In this April 29, 2016 file photo, spring blossoming trees adorn the Pool Room dining area of The Four Seasons restaurant, housed for 57 years in the landmarked Seagram building, in New York's Midtown Manhattan. The restaurant, a favorite of celebrities and business titans ever since it opened in 1959, was the epitome of the midcentury style and legend has it that Sophia Loren was the first guest to jump into the pool. The Four Seasons will close at the end of service on Saturday, July 16th. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s the end of an era. The Four Seasons restaurant, where the New York City power lunch was born, is closing.

After serving a “must see” crowd of business executive and celebrities for 57 years, the Philip Johnson-designed restaurant served its last meals Saturday.

Housed in the Seagram Building on Park Avenue, its regulars included Henry Kissinger, Nora Ephron and Tom Wolfe.

In recent days, selfies posted online captured some patrons and staff splashing in the pool that graced the center of the dining room.

A new Four Seasons will open nearby following 18 months of renovation.

But those nostalgic for the original Four Season have a chance to buy a piece of it. Some of its furnishings, including flatware and barstools, go on the auction block July 26.

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