Rainbow Room Getting Shiny New Makeover

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The Rainbow Room, in more glorious days. Photo: Patrick McMullan

Rockefeller Center's iconic Rainbow Room has been closed for two years, but the Post has it that renovations have begun on both the 65th-floor dining room and the kitchen, one floor below. Reportedly the floor-to-ceiling windows are being replaced, and electrical and plumbing systems are having work done; the chandelier, inlaid-wood dance floor, and domed ceiling should remain intact. Landlord Tishman Speyer is staying mum about whom consultant Elizabeth Blau might be working with after the Ciprianis the joint's last operators defaulted on rent back in 2009. However, with historic landmark status pending for the restaurant's interior, signs indicate that the new look will be more of a polish than a complete overhaul. [NYP via DNA Info]