Tishman Speyer have announced that the famed Rainbow Room will reopen in the fall of 2014. That’s later than was expected last month when Tishman began accepting bids from restaurant product and service suppliers, but a decisive step forward for the sky high 30 Rockefeller Plaza cantine that has been closed since 2009.
“The Rainbow Room space has occupied the collective imagination and memories of generations of Americans and New Yorkers,” Keith Douglass, the managing director of Rockefeller Center, said in a prepared statement. “We are pleased to reopen it, and we are committed to operating a Rainbow Room that will offer top levels of dining service and catering for today’s visitors while preserving the elegance for which it is so well known.”
In July, veteran New York restaurant critic Gael Greene reported that Tishman, which co-owns and manages Rockefeller Center, had decided after a year-long search for a tenant to operate the Rainbow Room itself. The company hired Elizabeth Blau, who helped transform the culinary reputation of Las Vegas from a buffet capital to a star chef mecca, to revamp the 65th floor landmark.