Would Eloise Even Recognize the Plaza Anymore?
Okay people, what is going on at The Plaza? Since the iconic Manhattan hotel closed, underwent a major reno and reopened with more condos and out-of-control room rates, there have been some reports of some, er, challenges.
We thought we were being too hard on the Plaza when it first re-opened; we weren't exactly shy about talking about how the room rates were too high and, to us, things weren't looking too good on the inside. The first reviews after the reopening called the place "embalmed rather than enlivened," then some new full-time tenants of the building were not pleased with the conditions of their multi-million-dollar condos; there were lawsuits, then the developers were biting back. Mess.
And then! At the beginning of the year, the legendary Palm Court Restaurant was shuttered, and now we're hearing today from from the New York Times that the exec chef at the Oak Room, Joël Antunès, is being replaced by Eric Hara (formerly of David Burke’s Townhouse and Fishtail). Even the doorman left yesterday.
So, someone, please shed some light here: what in the name of Eloise is going on over at the Plaza? Have you stayed here or eaten here? Are things in bad shape or is this all a series of unfortunate, highly-publicized mishaps? Tell us.