New York’s celebrated Tavern on the Green, once America’s highest-grossing restaurant, is closing its doors.
The landmark restaurant located at the edge of Central Park, will serve its last meal tonight — New Year’s Eve. Just three years ago, it was plating more than 700,000 meals annually, and brought in receipts of more than $38 million. For 75 years, since it first opened amid the Great Depression, the 27,000 square foot Tavern has attracted clients from around the world, AP reports.
However, it was unable to survive the Obama “recession,” and has filed for bankruptcy.
Its $8 million debt is to be covered at an auction of Baccarat and Waterford chandeliers, Tiffany stained glass, china, silver, crystal, a mural depicting Central Park and other decor that has bewitched visitors for decades. Even the restaurant’s legendary name is up for grabs.
Check out the wedding page photos for an idea of the grandeur that is coming to an end. Tavern on the Green has been the site of high-profile celebrity weddings and has been featured in Hollywood film weddings. They even shared their often-requested recipes — available here.