This afternoon, Diner's Journal brings word that Donald Trump has reached an agreement with the union that represents the workers of the Tavern on the Green that could bring the fabled Central Park eatery back to life, under his control. What's more, the Donald has vowed to pump $20 million of his own cash into reviving the restaurant. And in a frightening turn of events, the name "Trump on the Green" has been bandied about.
But it's not a done deal. Trump would have to gain the approval of the Parks Department, who now own the operating license once held by former operator Dean J. Poll, who lost it when he failed to reach an agreement with the union. The space is currently home to a visitor's center and a gaggle of food trucks, and yesterday, a spokesman for the mayor noted that "The city is not ready to announce any future plans for Tavern on the Green and has not had any discussions with possible restaurant operators.” But if everything goes smoothly, and the city gives Trump the license, it could open as soon as 2012. The billionaire says: "the Trump cachet would enable it to instantly become a world-class destination.”
· Trump Says He and Union Have a Deal on Tavern on the Green [NYT]
· All Tavern on the Green Coverage [~ENY~]