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.
Up until it closed more than a year ago, Tavern on the Green was one of the hottest restaurants in town. Sure, it was an inside joke for most New Yorkers (see: Requiem for a Dream), but still, up until the end, it was one of the, and often the, top-grossing restaurant in the Read More
The New York Post‘s Steve Cuozzo, self-appointed defender of New York’s culinary legacy, is spitting mad at Mayor Bloomberg and the Hotel Trades Council’s Peter Ward over the demise of Tavern on the Green, which he says will continue to sit empty because the union’s labor agreement with the city is so onerous it has Read More
Same old story, new setting: Tavern on the Green. Unlikely source of story: Wall Street Journal. The Journal on Tuesday writes about the collateral damage of the failed negotiations between the union and restaurateur Dean Poll to reopen Tavern on the Green.
Turns out it’s not just the city’s image that’s suffering. It’s also all those out-of-work Read More
Less than 24 hours after talks between would-be Tavern on the Green operator Dean Poll and the union representing the restaurant’s workers collapsed, the Cipriani company and Donald Trump have already expressed interest in the defunct eatery.
Here’s the typically bombastic Mr. Trump speaking to The New York Times:
“If I could help Read More
Restaurateur Dean Poll has officially withdrawn from talks with the labor union representing Tavern on the Green’s 400 workers, forcing the city to search anew for an operator to run one of the country’s most storied—and lucrative—restaurants.
In a statement issued late Thursday, Mr. Poll said, “It is with great regret that we are Read More
The Wall Street Journal adds its voice to the recent spate of stories about the still fruitless negotiations between labor and incoming Tavern operator Dean Poll that would allow one of New York City’s most storied restaurants to finally reopen.
According to the Journal, “The sticking points include the naming of an arbitrator and Read More
New York City has prevailed in its battle with the LeRoy family over ownership of the trademarked name of “Tavern on the Green,” according to a report just issued by Bloomberg News:
“Because the undisputed facts show that the city established and continuously maintained a restaurant under the name ‘Tavern on the Green’ at the Read More