Investors eye former Café des Artistes spot

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After its bankruptcy broke New York City dining enthusiasts’ hearts last month, Café des Artistes may rise again. The 92-year-old establishment has reportedly attracted the interest of numerous investors, according to the manager of the building that housed the erstwhile restaurant, Gerard Picaso. There’s a hitch, however: if the spot at One 67th Street near Central Park West does reopen as the café, the union representing the former workers, Local 100, may demand that all the old contracts are honored with the new owners. But while Picaso said this could be a deterrent to potential investors and restaurateurs, Local 100 leader Bill Granfield said that the workers are integral to Café des Artistes and are within their rights to demand contract extension under a new owner. “Those group of workers were a big part of the restaurant,” Granfield said.

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