Did I mention the incredible crab cakes I tested out of the Tavern on the Green cookbook? My tongue is still smiling, but I didn't see the restaurant's news until today. The Central Park landmark will be run for the next 20 years by Dean Poll, the city's Department of Parks & Recreation said Friday.
Poll, who also operates the Central Park Boathouse restaurant, won the contract in a bidding process that at one point included the Brennan family of New Orleans. The Tavern on the Green was run for more than 35 years by the LeRoy family. The iconic restaurant opened in 1934. The LeRoy family still owns the intellectual property associated with the restaurant, including its name, and the intellectual property reportedly has been appraised at around $19 million.
The LeRoy family plans to open a Tavern on the Green restaurant in San Francisco, but a spokeswoman offered no details about the project.