Ever heard of it? An upscale and unique restaurant in New York's Central Park has closed its doors after 75 years. They filed bankruptcy and the contents will be auctioned off. It appears nothing is immune from the failing economy.
When hubby and I went to New York a few years ago we stopped in for lunch. I'll never forget it, because it's the one and only time I spent $18 on a salad. A green salad. You heard me right. I recall looking over at him as we examined the menu. A salad was all we ordered...with a glass of water.
Hubby had eaten at Tavern on the Green before and wanted me to have the experience, and it was apparent from his expression that the prices had gone up some. It really didn't have as much to do with the food as it did with the atmosphere and history of the restaurant. It's been shown in movies like Wall Street, Ghostbusters and The Out of Towners. Frequented by the rich and famous.
It's sad when places like that are forced to close their doors after having such a long and interesting history. And I'm sure they aren't the only restaurant that serves an $18 salad.
As we say goodbye to another year and ring in 2010 I can't help but wonder what other landmarks we may lose. Let's hope this next year will be better for all.