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“The Campbell Apartment, a soaring, old-fashioned cocktail bar tucked away in an ornate corner of Grand Central Terminal, closed in July to the dismay of many commuters. It will reopen to the public on Wednesday — in triplicate.
The main room — once the lordly private office of the railroad executive and millionaire John Williams Campbell, complete with Florentine décor, a coffered ceiling and a fireplace — will be reborn simply as the Campbell Bar. A second, smaller bar area just outside the entrance, bookended by two palm trees, will be called the Campbell Palm Court. And a former taxi stand just outside will be fitted with a third bar, the Campbell Terrace. Announcing the presence of all three, collectively titled the Campbell, will be a large awning on Vanderbilt Avenue.
The bar’s days as a hard-to-find, slightly mysterious hideaway appear to be over.
“We want people to know about it,” said Scott Gerber, the chief executive of Gerber Group, which runs several bars and restaurants inNew York City. “We don’t want it to be that secret place. We want it to be more inclusive. There are so many people who commute through here every day who didn’t know about it.”
Gerber Group won the lease last year after a legal battle in which Mark Grossich, who had restored the space and ran the bar for 17 years, sued the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the terminal. Many people loved the bar and worried that the new owners would erase its special charm.”
more via NYTimes | By Robert Simonson | Photo by Karsten Moran