Will Elaine’s Become a P. J. Clarke’s?


So if Graydon Carter is no longer interested in buying Elaine’s (“if you live downtown, 89th and Second Avenue is really a serious hike,” he explained to the Observer), then who is? According to the Post today, the owners of P. J. Clarke’s are “negotiating to buy Elaine’s and reopen it as part of their chain.” Earlier today we recounted the final night — Elaine’s regular and PIX 11 reporter Marvin Scott also has video footage from the scene. Dr. Ruth was there (!), and Alec Baldwin says, “I want to know what’s going to come here after this. That’s what I’m curious [about]. Because this spot isn’t going to die. It just can’t. That’s just ridiculous.”

Hundreds Turnout, Tempers Flare For Elaine’s Last Call [WPIX]
Elaine’s Finale [NYP]
Earlier: Lipton, Lapham, Talese, and Others Have One Last Drink at Elaine’s