The future of Delmonico’s, the oldest steakhouse in the country that had been in business since 1837 until the pandemic, appears to be hanging in the balance.
The 186-year-old restaurant, located in the financial district, also serves as exterior shots for The Continental Hotel in the John Wick series of films and has been closed for nearly three years.
However, there is currently a dispute with two parties now claiming the right to reopen the restaurant in the financial district.
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One of Manhattan’s oldest restaurants, Delmonico’s, is returning to the Financial District after being closed for nearly three years
When it was open, the restaurant was famous for its innovative American dishes, including eggs benedict, Manhattan clam chowder and the famous Delmonico steak, pictured above
When it was open, the restaurant was famous for its innovative American dishes, including eggs benedict, Manhattan clam chowder and the famous Delmonico ribeye steak.
The dispute concerns who owns the rights to Delmonico’s name and its use.
A press release sent out last week stated how the restaurant would return in the fall of 2023, but an Instagram post on Delmonico’s Instagram account claimed how the “recent reports that we will reopen at 56 Beaver Street are false.”
“It has come to our attention that former employees have misrepresented themselves to the media as owners of Delmonico’s,” the post said.
One family states that they have the right to use the trademarked name, while another party claims that announcing any kind of reopening is a violation of trademark rights.
An Instagram post on Delmonico’s Instagram account claims the “recent reports that we will reopen at 56 Beaver Street are false.”
The iconic New York restaurant at 56 Beaver Street has served as the ‘dressed-up’ exterior of The Continental Hotel in the John Wick film series. Keanu Reeves is pictured above
New York City’s 186-year-old restaurant, Delmonico’s, is closed as COVID hits in 2020
Delmonico’s closed its doors and “suspended all operations” as part of the shutdown on March 18, 2020. This photo shows cooks preparing food at Delmonico’s in 1902
The Grgurevs, who used to run the restaurant and currently run Delmonico’s Instagram account, claim that new tenants of the 56 Beaver Street location are using Delmonico’s name in bad faith, without their involvement and are not involved in the restaurant’s relaunch.
The Grgurev family is also in the process of filing a lawsuit against the new operators.
The dispute concerns a court ruling in the spring of 2021 where brothers Ferdo and Omer Grgurev managed to secure full ownership of the place, but were barred from operating a Delmonico’s restaurant or any other restaurant within one mile until March 2023.
Nevertheless, the Grgurevs have stated that they also still have the right to continue to operate the restaurant under Delmonico’s name.
Meanwhile, Dennis Turcinovic and Joseph Licul, who are involved in another restaurant, now claim to be the new owners of the property as of January 1, 2023, and are not involved in any ongoing litigation with the previous owners.
Delmonico’s was among eateries and bars across the country forced to close during the coronavirus pandemic. They have never reopened
A representative for Turcinovic told Eater how he and Licul signed a new 15-year lease with Time Equities and reject any claims that they are not the legitimate owners.
They have announced plans to remove any site that suggests otherwise, and plan to launch new sites if the issue is not resolved.
But the Grgurev brothers state that they are the ones who have the right to operate the restaurant under Delmonico’s name with others barred from operating any Delmonico’s or any other restaurant within one mile until March of this year.
In April 2022, the landlord, Time Equities, attempted to evict the restaurant, under the Grgurev family’s management, for allegedly failing to pay nearly $300,000 in rent and taxes.
Some of Delmonico’s legendary steaks seen in the fridge when the venue was open before 2020
The busy kitchen of Delmonico’s as seen in 1902 when the restaurant was 65 years old
Mark Twain’s 70th birthday dinner at Delmonico’s held on December 5, 1905
The Grgurev family rejected the eviction claim, stating it was related to the landlord’s delay in repairing water damage to the building from Hurricane Ida in 2021.
In December 2022, the lease expired and the landlord did not renew it, Time Equities then signed the agreement with Turcinovic and Licul, Grgurev’s former partners.
Michelle Grgurev, the daughter of Omer Grgurev, now says her family believes the landlord intentionally allowed the lease to expire so it could be reissued to new tenants.
The iconic New York Restaurant is the exterior of The Continental Hotel in the John Wick film series
Dinner menu from Delmonico’s April 18, 1899