As speculated a couple of years ago, Brooks Brothers announced today that it plans to open a restaurant in the space on 44th Street that previously housed its women’s collection.

The news was broken today in a New York Post exclusive:

Brooks Brothers, the “Makers and Merchants” of fine American suits and ties since 1818, is turning its talents on another Yankee Doodle favorite — steak.

The legendary apparel emporium plans to launch a huge steakhouse, branded “Makers and Merchants,” at 11 E. 44th St., around the corner from its flagship store at 346 Madison Ave., sources told The Post.

The beefery will take over the three levels that Brooks Brothers took over from J. Press in 2008 and used for several years for its women’s line. The 15,000 square-foot space is now vacant, although Brooks’ awnings still hang over tall sidewalk windows.

A Brooks Brothers spokesman confirmed the plan, saying the company was “looking at summer 2014” for the opening, but emphasized, “It’s still way out.”

In other Madison Avenue news, a source at J. Press told us today that the company is planning to move its New York location in the near future, though it does not yet have a new location. — CC