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Inside a Landmark, Tavern on the Green

Go inside one of America’s most famous restaurants: Tavern on the Green in New York’s Central Park. Here’s some interesting tidbits from a New York Times article on the famous destination, which is up for a new lease this year.

  • There are 1,000 seats in the restaurant;
  • There are as many as 650,000 diners a year and the business reported $36.2 million in revenue last year;
  • Just the name “Tavern on the Green” was recently appraised at $19 million;
  • In the summer, about 50 percent of dining is outdoors;
  • There are 500 employees in the Christmas season and in the summer, and at other times the roster is more like 225 to 250;
  • The current owner of the restaurant is required to pay 3.5 percent of its gross receipts to the city;
  • It has historically been one of the highest grossing independently-owned restaurants in the country; and
  • The core building is an original Central Park slate-roofed, red-bricked structure called the Sheepfold, which once housed 200 sheep. It was opened to the public as a restaurant in 1934 by Robert Moses, who was parks commissioner at the time.

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