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Tavern on the brink

New York Post - May 20, 2010 Share/Save/Bookmark

Excerpt from the New York Post:

Central Park's once-lavish Tavern on the Green restaurant will become a visitors center and snack bar -- possibly permanently -- because the new operator selected by the city couldn't come to terms with the food workers union, Mayor Bloomberg said last night.

"It's disappointing that an agreement could not be reached between the two parties," Bloomberg said in a statement.

"The city tried to play a role of honest broker, but the two sides remain far apart. We can't -- and won't -- wait any longer for a resolution with no guarantee that one will come."

Officials said the city would seek new bids in a couple of months for the fabled eatery, which had been run by the LeRoy family for 33 years. The Parks Department awarded a 20-year lease last August to Dean Poll, who runs the nearby Boathouse restaurant within the park.

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