Sky-high restaurant nixed for 1 WTC

March 08, 2011 09:50AM

A plan to recreate a Windows on the World-style restaurant atop 1 World Trade Center has been scrapped by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which believes the space will be more financially viable if used in another way. The long-planned restaurant, once slated to take up several floors of the 1,776-foot-tall tower, was later scaled down to just one in order to cut costs. But according to the Post, its construction and design proved to be unaffordable even at that size, and the Port Authority was skeptical that it would be able to find a restaurateur willing to take it on. “These things are always money-losers. We think we can achieve a far better financial return given the [quality of the] space and avoid all the complexities,” said Chris Ward, executive director of the agency. “New York City already has plenty of great restaurants.” Among those who had previously expressed interest in running the eatery were the former owners of Tavern on the Green, the Strip House chain and the original Windows of the World. [Post]