Tavern On The Green for Your Greens; Gourmet Traveller Picks Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants


You know that I’ve been keeping tabs on the ongoing development of the famed Tavern on the Green over the past few years, first as it went through a change of hands and then ultimately as it fell to bankruptcy. After all, the restaurant, after nearly a decade in business, had become a staple in the Big Apple’s grandiose history. The latest on the New York icon, however, involves something a bit… unusual. While the last we heard, the location, nestled in the city’s Central Park, was going the way of food carts, it seems like investor Louis Bivona has other plans for the Tavern’s legal name.

As part of the restaurant’s bankruptcy sale, the legal name was also up for grabs, and Bivona has bid a mere $1.3 million to take over rights to the restaurant’s official name. His plans? To go the route of salad dressing, ala Paul Newman. According to a recent Reuters article, Bivona, noted as a former manager with Mutual of New York, wants to utilize the name for a line of dressings and oils, donating $.50 of each bottle to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

While Bivona has held some rights to the name thus far, the Wall Street Journal details that the new ownership would allow him to open royalty-free restaurants of the same name outside of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, as well expand his current line of Tavern products.

Aussie food and travel magazine, Gourmet Traveller, revealed its 2012 picks for the top 100 restaurants in Australia this week. Appearing in the magazine’s September issue, the top ten chosen on this round include:

1. Marque, New South Wales
2. Quay, New South Wales
3. Cutler & Co., Victoria
4. Vue de Monde, Victoria
5. Rockpool, New South Wales
6. Tetsuya’s, New South Wales
7. Est., New South Wales
8. Bécasse, New South Wales
9. Guillaume at Bennelong, New South Wales
10. Royal Mail Hotel, Victoria

Other notables on the list: Sydney’s Aria with chef Matt Moran at the helm, and the Barossa Valley’s Penfolds Magill Estate. Will chef David Chang’s Momofuku Seiobo make next year’s list?

Imbibery fans! Be sure to catch my latest feature on Los Angeles bartender Allan Katz over at Societe Perrier, with another Meet Your Mixologist feature – on Miami’s Ezra Pattek – posting soon!

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~Jennifer Heigl