Le Pain Quotidien Adds Another Link to its Chain in Central Park

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Baguettes to beat off the competition.
The battle for Central Park cafe supremacy has been won: Diner's Journal reports that the Parks Department has awarded Le Pain Quotidien the license to renovate and restore the Mineral Springs Cafe by the park's Sheep Meadow.

The Belgian chain, which has 20 locations in Manhattan, will spend $1 million to turn the space into an 80-seat cafe-restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. LPQ beat out several other contenders, including the Upper West Side's Dovetail, for the cafe; the next hurdle it has to clear is for a beer and wine license. No word yet on who will be operating the proposed gourmet food cart near the Bethesda fountain, but maybe the Parks Department will actually throw a bone -- or at least a sustainably caught mahi mahi wrap -- to a local business for a change.

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