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New name for Tavern on the Green?

August 30, 2009 8:59:06 AM PDT
The new manager of Central Park's famous Tavern on the Green restaurant says he may not keep the decades-old moniker. Restaurateur Dean Poll says that while the name "has history," a new one would be "fresh." It also could cost him a lot of money to use the old one.

Even though the city's parks department named Poll as manager of the restaurant on Friday, previous operator Jennifer LeRoy still controls the name.

LeRoy spokeswoman Shelley Clark says the name "has a future."

But she says the name is not for sale.

Poll takes over the restaurant on Jan. 1. In his proposal, he said he would invest $25 million, and renovate using green technology.

The original building dates to the 19th century. It initially housed sheep.


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