A New York State judge has issued an injunction against the new restaurant in the Union Square Pavilion, putting a preliminary stop against the restaurant in large part because of the high prices on its proposed menu. Last March, the city awarded the contract for the park's restaurant to Simon Oren's Chef Driven Market LLC, but members of the community sued, arguing that the use of the space was awarded without proper approval from the State Legislature. In this week's ruling, the State judge doesn't rule directly on that suit, instead putting a hold on the restaurant from moving forward because the city most likely would lose that lawsuit.
A Walk in the Park has the noteworthy passages from the judge's ruling. Like this one:
...on all the available evidence, plaintiffs' claim that defendants "are attempting to create a high-end destination restaurant, as opposed to a public amenity that will serve ordinary park visitors," rings true. The Pavilion restaurant's proposed prices would make broad swaths of the public think twice before entering.The ruling further argues that while the restaurant would be inside the park, it wouldn't serve any park-like purpose. As Gothamist adds, the ruling also calls into question the 15-year license granted to Oren's restaurant group, writing that "the Concession Agreement appears to be a lease masquerading as a license." The City plans to appeal.
· Judge Stops Union Square Restaurant Plan [Walk in the Park]
· Judge Puts Preliminary Stop to Union Square North Restaurant [Gothamist]
· All Coverage of the Union Square Pavilion [~ENY~]