A tavern by any other name … wouldn’t be Tavern on the Green

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After the city publicly stated last February that it did not own the name rights to financially troubled New York City mainstay Tavern on the Green, officials asserted the city’s right to the name last Friday. The city will reportedly be taking legal action to claim its right to the landmark restaurant in Central Park, which has been recently appraised at $19 million. The restaurant, which filed for bankruptcy Sept. 9, was trademarked in 1973 by the late Walter LeRoy, whose family has claimed that they have ownership of the name. But when the restaurant filed for bankruptcy last month, restaurateur Dean Poll was awarded the license and said he supports the city’s effort to claim the trademarked name.

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