New York’s Rainbow Room Getting Closer to Reopening

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The landmark restaurant has been shut down since 2009
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Bradford Schultze

The Rainbow Room was one of the city's most glamorous restaurant spaces.

The Rainbow Room, located on the 65 floor of Rockefeller Center’s GE Building, isn’t just a classic restaurant; it’s one of the most famous in the history of the city. Opened in the mid-1930s, it’s decked out with classic Art Deco furnishings, has a dance floor and bandstand, and is one of only about 100 interior landmarks in the city. It’s been shut down since landlord Tishman Speyer bought the space from the Ciprianis in 1999, but now it finally appears as if the restaurant is springing back to life.

The New York Post’s Steve Cuozzo is reporting that “suppliers of restaurant products, technical equipment and services” have been asked to put in bids for contracts to work on the space. Rumor has it that they’re looking to re-open the restaurant by the end of March 2014.

As opposed to hiring a restaurant group to manage the space, it also appears as if Tishman Speyer are planning on running the restaurant themselves, “with the help of some top restaurant professionals hired for the job,” a source told Cuozzo.

The restaurant was renowned for its posh digs, but also the “jackets required” policy, sky-high prices, and air of exclusivity. No word on whether it’ll be more accessible when it re-opens, but it’s a room that every New Yorker should see at least once. 

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