But instead of being shacked up next to high end shops, the bakery claims the space was "populated with unknown retailers" and vacant space. There is however a little bit of a glitch. The bakery stopped playing rent to the hotel a year ago and a lawyer for The Plaza's developers, Elad Properties, say the bakery just doesn't want to pay its rent.
This will obviously play out in court but there's no denying The Plaza has some bad karma. The NY Post tallied up all the losses noting that The Palm Court closed in January 2009 (it will reopen this spring), the Oak Room stopped serving lunch and is only open for dinner, The Edwardian Room remains closed, the luxury shirtmaker Eton of Sweden closed shop in September and the lingerie brand Marlies Dekker closed in 2008.
Update: The Oak Room has different owners from The Plaza. And good news here, the Oak Room is open for lunch. Check out the menu online here.
That's an awful lot of turnover for a hotel that promised to be better than it ever was before. What's more of a shame is that these retail dramas are taking away from the hotel experience, which we thought was quite excellent. It's not the Plaza of old (and it never will be) but the rooms and service were top-notch. Hopefully, Elad will get their act together and do what they can to provide a hospitable environment for retailers, shoppers and guests alike.