NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center – where icons such as Tommy Dorsey and Guy Lombardo performed – will reopen to the public in the fall of next year.
The iconic nightclub closed in 2009 amid a landlord-tenant dispute. Tishman Speyer, which operates Rockefeller Center, made the reopening announcement Tuesday.
Located on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the Rainbow Room opened as a formal supper club for the who’s who of New York in 1934, after the repeal of Prohibition.
Over the years, legendary performers including Louis Armstrong and Tony Bennett have entertained there. Joan Crawford made her last public appearance at the nightclub in 1974, at a benefit for Rosalind Russell.
The Rainbow Room has also been referenced or depicted in numerous iconic TV series set in New York City, including “Seinfeld” and “Will and Grace.”
The city granted the venue landmark status in October 2012, saying its art deco-style decor “came to epitomize New York City.”
The restaurant development company Blau + Associates will oversee the reopening process.
Gabellini Sheppard Architects will design the Rainbow Room’s public spaces.
An executive chef will be announced in the coming months.
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