Yesterday the news broke that the Glazier Group had sold the ill-fated Midtown standby (which they had owned for 14 years), Monkey Bar. And last night Flo Fab unveiled exactly who the owners were unloading the property onto: the one and only Vanity Fair editor, Waverly Inn owner, and notorious fat cat, Graydon Carter:
"Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair and an owner of the Waverly Inn in Greenwich Village, has bought The Monkey Bar with two other partners...Jeff Klein, an owner of the City Club Hotel and Jeremy King of The Wolseley, the restaurant in Picadilly, London.Folks, if anyone can revive this place, it's Graydon Carter. Expect the celebs and New York media A-listers to be lining up for entrance to his new "low key" place as soon as it reopens in '09. Whether or not the restaurant's most recent chef, Chris Cheung, will stick around to see the reopening is another matter entirely.
Mr. Carter’s spokesperson, Beth Kseniak, said that the restaurant would close for renovation, and was expected to reopen next summer. She said he planned to make it 'a small restaurant, low-key.'"
· Graydon Carter Buys Monkey Bar [Diner's Journal]