San Francisco's Tavern Chances Are Drying Up

Famed New York City restaurant says it never had a deal to come to the Bay Area

By Sajid Farooq
|  Wednesday, Oct 14, 2009  |  Updated 1:30 PM PDT
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San Francisco's Tavern Chances Are Drying Up

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A view out the Metreon's windows.

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San Francisco's piece of New York history is looking more and  more like it will not come to reality.

The fate of the West Coast branch of New York City's famed Tavern on the Green remains up in the air as its owners struggle with Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

When news first broke of the bankruptcy and ownership change, Tavern on the Green representatives said they were still hopeful they would be able to open in San Francisco.

But now a supposed insider tells GlobeSt that the plan for the 43,000-square-foot, $10 million Tavern overlooking Yerba Buena Gardens was never finalized.

"[Tavern] never made a firm commitment to open, at the Metreon and that such a commitment is now on indefinite hold as the restaurateur winds down its Central Park operation under Ch. 11," the source told the site.

A lease at the Metreon was contingent upon the ownership of Tavern on the Green having its Central Park lease renewed by New York City, which it was not, according to GlobeSt.

Meanwhile SF Eater reports the remaking of the Metreon goes on with a new host of restaurants, minus the Tavern, set to open this year with more trickling in over the following year.

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