A group called the Union Square Park Community Coalition contends that the planned restaurant in the Union Square Pavilion would violate the Public Trust Doctrine, which states that parkland cannot be used for anything else unless it gets approval from the State Legislature. The Daily News reports that the Court of Appeals has agreed to hear a challenge from the group.
The project was first announced in 2011, then the original operators pulled out and Simon Oren's Chef Driven Market, LLC stepped in with plans for a new version of the restaurant. Then a judge put a stop to the construction last winter, but the ruling was overturned a few months later. If and when the restaurant opens, it will serve pricey market-driven food, like an $18 omelet.
· Court of Appeals to Hear Challenge to Union Square Restaurant [NYDN]
· All Coverage of The Union Square Pavilion [~ENY~]