As a former employee of the Warner LeRoy empire that was The Russian Tea Room and Tavern on the Green, this tidbit of info hit a bit close to home. As a frequent visitor to New Orleans and Commander’s Palace, this tidbit of info came even that much closer to the front door of my home.
According to the Times-Picayune of New Orleans, and more recently, the New York Times, Ti Adelaide Martin, the owner of the Brennan’s empire that includes Commander’s Palace in NOLA, is in the running to bid on the former sheep-house on the western side of Central Park.
We know the reputation that Tavern on the Green has, and if you know anything about the cocktail and culinary scene in New Orleans, you know the reputation that precedes the Brennan group of restaurants. I think this is a match made in heaven: how incredible would it be to sit on the terrace at Tavern, overlooking the well-groomed, manicured animal hedges (inspired by Edward Scissorhands, according to Tavern management), while nibbling on a shrimp po’ boy and sipping a Tavern Sazerac.
Ms. Adelaide and her team would bring a much needed boost to the food quality at Tavern. We all know that Tavern is not known for its food, but its mass-processed production and delivery of it for parties that can reach up to 1,000 guests. According to the NYC Parks Department, Tavern on the Green is one of the highest grossing restaurants in New York, with revenue that topped $35 million dollars last year.
You can read an interesting interview with Ms. Adelaide herself on NOLA.com:
Let’s hope the city parks department keeps their wits about them, and truly chooses the right candidate for this much-prized ownership. It may be tough to dismiss the highest bid, but the highest bid may not be the right one. Choose wisely NYC…