Tavern food court to open next week

Tavern on the Green

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The lights may be out at Tavern on the Green, but the city is making sure visitors to the legendary Central Park restaurant don’t go hungry. Beginning next week, four gourmet food vendors are moving into the courtyard of the shuttered restaurant and will serve seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Post. The new Tavern vendors are Ladle of Love, Pera Mediterranean Brasserie, Rickshaw Dumpling Truck and Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream. Each paid between $50,000 and $100,000 for the year, beginning Oct. 15, in the courtyard. The 75-year-old restaurant closed on Dec. 31 last year after the city declined to renew a contract for former operator Jennifer LeRoy, choosing to award it to Central Park Boathouse operator Dean Poll instead. The deal with Poll subsequently fell through, and the city is now planning to seek new bids. [Post]