Tavern on the Green, the warmly ostentatious, perennial tourist favorite nestled in Central Park on the corner of West 66th Street and Central Park West, will host its last group of diners tomorrow before changing hands — and, possibly, names — with new management at the helm. The city awarded management of the 75-year-old Manhattan mainstay to Dean Poll, the manager of the Central Park Boathouse, on Aug. 28, ending the LeRoy family’s 35-year control of the New York City institution.
Not long after losing the bid to renew her contract at the restaurant, Jennifer LeRoy, the current license holder and daughter of the late restaurateur Warner LeRoy, announced that the restaurant was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a move that riled the restaurant’s more than 450 creditors.
Earlier this month, The Real Deal’s Amy Tennery attended the Association of Real Estate Women’s holiday luncheon at the soon-to-be-shuttered institution and documented Tavern on the Green’s last holiday season (see slide show above). TRD