A federal judge ruled Wednesday that New York City had presented "compelling evidence" that it owned the right to the name Tavern on the Green. The decision comes more than two months after the famous Central Park eatery closed Dec. 31 and caps a bitter battle between the city and descendants of restaurateur Warner LeRoy, who licensed the right to run Tavern on the Green in the 1970s. Tavern on the Green opened in 1934, when Parks Commissioner Robert Moses transformed the Victorian Gothic structure from a sheepfold.
Court: Rights to Tavern on the Green Name Belong to New York City
New York Law Journal
March 11, 2010