The End of the Landmark Eatery Era?
Meanwhile the city is offering up the Tavern on the Green space to the highest bidder. The Parks Department put out a request for proposals yesterday for those interested in taking over the operating contract. Current operator Jennifer LeRoy's contract expires at the end of the year; the Tavern's chief operating officer, Michael Desiderio, says the LeRoy's "have every intention of working with the city to continue" operating the place. But the family, who have run the restaurant since 1974, may encounter a bidding war with a number of parties said to be interested in the space. Further complicating things for the Tavern, a meat supplier just filed suit against the restaurant saying they're owed $90,000 for unpaid deliveries of beef and chicken to the Central Park eatery.