The Real Deal New York

As closure looms, LeRoy aims for name rights

December 14, 2009 02:04PM

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Tavern on the Green, which is slated to close Dec. 31, and Jennifer LeRoy

Eight years after taking the reins at Tavern on the Green, Jennifer LeRoy is bidding farewell to the famed restaurant once operated by her father. The heiress to a once-burgeoning restaurant empire, LeRoy was put in control by her father when she was just 22. Now, after losing a bid to renew her family’s lease at the landmark Central Park restaurant, a Crain’s profile describes LeRoy as angry over “the city’s rejection of her family.” Currently locked in a battle over the rights to the name “Tavern on the Green,” those close to LeRoy say she’s taking the latest legal turmoil — and closure of the restaurant — hard. “Her mind frame is fragile,” Michael Desiderio, COO of the restaurant, said. “Tavern’s closing is heartbreaking for the LeRoy family.”

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