Tavern on the Green opening as visitors center

Seated at the table in the foreground from left, Hermann Schulz, his son-in-law Tim Holz, his daughter Lisa Holz, his granddaugther Erika Holz,7, his wife Carol Schulz, and his granddaughter Kayla Holz, 4, lunch in the Crystal Room at Tavern on the Green in New York, Tuesday Dec. 29, 2009. The restaurant is scheduled to serve its last meal on Dec. 31. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg) (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

October 15, 2010 7:35:45 AM PDT
A visitors center and food court will be opening at the once glitzy Tavern on the Green restaurant in New York's Central Park.

The official unveiling is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Visitors will no longer be able to dine on the restaurant's once fancy fare. Instead vendors will supply trendy eats like Turkish tacos, Chinese dumplings and chili sesame noodle salad in the spot where the Tavern's Crystal Room stood.

The original Tavern on the Green closed its doors on New Year's Eve after 75 years. About three years ago, it was still one of the world's top-grossing restaurants.



City Department of Parks and Recreation: www.nyc.gov/parks