And Tavern on the Green Fades to Black

Lights off.

The makeshift Central Park Visitor Center perched at Tavern on the Green will close Wednesday for a massive $9.8-million renovation project, transforming the institution into a new secret restaurant. The uninspired-sounding new venue (a spinoff of the Yankees catering hall or a creperie on 'roids?!) should be completed in the summer of 2013 and will "restore the building’s historic facade" but forgo the famous, year-round Christmas tree lights. [NYT]