Lease Beat

Tavern On The Green’s New Owners Discuss Restaurant’s Complicated Past, Bright Future

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Nearly three years after Tavern on the Green went dark, restaurateurs Jim Caiola and David Salama are opening up to Crain’s about the controversy swirling around their lease on the landmark Central Park venue.

The Philadelphia-based partners and their company, Emerald Green Group, won the lease this summer over hometown favorites including the caterer Great Performances. The Bloomberg administration’s selection of Mr. Caiola and Mr. Salama raised eyebrows in part because Mr. Caiola’s sister is married to Kevin Sheekey, Mayor Bloomberg’s former deputy mayor who currently serves as a top executive at Bloomberg LP. Some New York restaurant industry insiders doubted the credentials of the pair, who run Philadelphia’s Crêperie Beau Monde and L’Etage 624. Read More