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Al Sharpton's 'Power Breakfast' Is No More At The Loews Regency

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September 26, 2012 at 9:59 AM | by | ()

Remember when we said the Loews Regency was prepping for a $70 million renovation? Well, the hotel is now scheduled to close on Jan 1 when the work begins. No big deal. The city has about a million other hotels to choose from.

However, the news has proved slightly traumatic for a particularly attached group of executives, investment bankers and media personalities, all accustomed to having their "power breakfasts" inside the hotel. To accommodate them, the hotel has signed a contract with a nearby Park Avenue restaurant to recreate the scene between 7am and 10am each morning, ensuring Larry King gets his usual Cheerios with blueberries, and Rev. Al Sharpton's whole wheat toast is browned just the way he likes it.

Loews Chariman Jonathan Tisch told the Post: "When we announced the closing, people stopped me on the verge of tears." Yikes.

The Times also reported on the temporary shuttering, speaking to Rev. Al Sharpton:

"Mr. Sharpton said he thought it was 'the height of irony' to ask people who treasure the Regency for its history as the original home of the power breakfast to relocate to a restaurant predicated on change. But he said he and others would 'test out the temporary digs' before deciding 'if it will be a temporary headquarters that everyone can adjust to.'"

We'd like to point out that not only does New York have an ungodly amount of hotels packed onto its narrow strip of land, almost all of those hotels do indeed serve breakfast. In fact, just the other morning, we had a splendid breakfast of yogurt and granola inside the cafe at the artsy Gershwin Hotel. We're not sure if we'd deem it a "power breakfast," but we certainly left satisfied.

The interim Park Avenue restaurant (which is called, oddly, Park Avenue Autumn, and in the winter, will become Park Avenue Winter) should hopefully fit the bill. Though if the power breakfasters remain displeased, we're positive we'll be hearing about it.

[Photo: Loews Regency]

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