Becker and Picard are heavy nightlife/hotspot restauranteurs with names like Lafayette, Miss Lilys, the revamped Joe's Pub and The Dutch among their credits.
Here's a passage from a feature on Becker from the Times in 2011:
After three decades of designing many of downtown’s most distinctive hot spots, Mr. Becker has earned a reputation as a night life impresario whose presence assures an attractive clientele and discerning doormen. The Box is a nightclub that mixed bottle service with burlesque. La Esquina is a taco stand that propelled the speakeasy trend (there’s a “secret” Mexican restaurant underground) to absurd heights. Before that, there were the Bowery Bar, Fez, M.K. and Area. His latest project, Miss Lily’s, is a Jamaican restaurant on West Houston Street with hosts whose job often involves shepherding patrons elsewhere.
A tipster told us back in November that 7A would become a southern-themed restaurant.
Previously on EV Grieve:
[Updated] Reader report: 7A will close at the end of the month