Vikram Chatwal Is Likely Moving Into the Plaza Hotel

Stay classy, Oak Bar
Stay classy, Oak Bar Photo: Hannah Whitaker / New York Magazine

The Post reports billionaire hotelier Vikram Chatwal has joined forces with Tommy Hilfiger and Lion and Crown co-owner Sean Largotta in a bid to operate the 105-year-old Plaza Hotel. The landmarked Oak Room’s future has been uncertain since last year, when it closed amid controversy and lawsuits. Chatwal says he’ll take a 30 percent stake; the Sahara Group, an India-based business conglomerate which also owns 85 percent of Chatwal’s Dream Downtown, already owns 70 percent of the famed Central Park hotel. Additionally, we noticed that, earlier this week, an entity called Sahara Plaza filed a blitz of eight separate liquor-license applications with the SLA for the space. All we know for sure right now is that Todd English’s subterranean Food Hall seems to be staying and that Trader Vic’s needs to come back. [NYP, SLA, Earlier]