The chef and the management team have not been named yet, but today Tishman Speyer announces plans to reopen the fabled Rainbow Room at the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza next fall. The main part of The Rainbow Room will be available for private dining and events five days a week, but it will also be open to the public at least one night a week and during brunch on Sunday. An outdoor terrace that was previously unused will be combined with an indoor space to form a bar and lounge that will be open to the public at least five nights a week as well. The Rainbow Room will also be open to the public on select holidays, and the venue will occasionally host live entertainment.
Landlord/operator Tishman Speyer tapped Elizabeth Blau and her restaurant development company Blau + Associates to oversee the relaunch of the Art Deco space. Blau + Associates previously created bar and restaurants for the Bellagio in Las Vegas, the Ritz Carlton hotels, and Celebrity Cruises. The restaurant has been closed since 2009, and it received landmark status from the city last fall.
In a statement released today, Keith Douglass, the managing director of Rockefeller Center, notes: "The Rainbow Room space has occupied the collective imagination and memories of generations of Americans and New Yorkers....We are pleased to reopen it, and we are committed to operating a Rainbow Room that will offer top levels of dining service and catering for today's visitors while preserving the elegance for which it is so well known."
The team from Gabellini Sheppard Architects, who also designed the Top of the Rock, will create the public spaces. Blau and Co. are expected to announce the chef and the general manager for the new Rainbow Room in the coming months.
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