Grand Central's timeless cocktail bar is a testament of Old New York. Grandiose, glamorous, and the perfect first stop on any tourist's list after steaming into the city by train. Even locals love it; it's a sophisticated spot to get dressed up and have a quiet cocktail.
And it has history. In the 1920s, it served as the salon and office of railroad mogul John W. Campbell. You can't get much chicer than that. While the Campbell Apartment has, as most good things in the city, gotten a little worn-in, we think that just adds to its charm. However, big things may be on the way for the space.
According to the NY Post, the swanky staple just barely avoided eviction thanks to a ruling in the Manhattan Supreme Court, where current Campbell Apartment owner Mark Grossich sued the MTA for what he claims was an unfair bidding process. Grossich has spent $2.5 million restoring the lounge since the 1990s.
The big surprise here, though, is who now has a hold of it. The MTA revealed in court on Wednesday that nightlife impresario Scott Gerber, the man behind Gerber Group, just signed a 10-year contract and plans to take over the bar by August. With clubby go-tos like the Irvington and Mr. Purple under his belt, Gerber runs the risk of changing the entire identity of the Campbell Apartment. He's already brainstorming new names, telling the Post that he likes "The Campbell."
Sure, tourists are annoying, but are they as bad as drunk bros? Only time will tell.
Update: Gerber Group provided an official statement below regarding plans for the Campbell Apartment. Might not turn out to bad after all.
Gerber Group has signed a lease for the Campbell Apartment at Grand Central Terminal. "We are excited to add this iconic property to our portfolio, and look forward to restoring and revitalizing this historic bar," said Scott Gerber, Principal and CEO of Gerber Group.
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