City Will Keep ‘Tavern on the Green’

Photo: Courtesy of Tavern on the Green

More bad news for the LeRoy family: Per Diner’s Journal, a Southern District Court judge has ruled that Warner LeRoy “made deliberate misstatements and omissions” when he fraudulently acquired the Tavern of the Green trademark (valued at $19 million) in 1981. The restaurant had been known as Tavern on the Green for 40 years before LeRoy came onboard, something he neglected to mention to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. As a result, the city gets to keep the name if and when the restaurant reopens under Dean Poll.

Judge Rules the City Owns the Name Tavern on the Green [Diner’s Journal/NYT]