Newly-Opened Columbus Tavern Becomes Media Hangout

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Sandra Bookman and Kemberly Richardson.

Grub Street reports that Columbus Tavern, the new restaurant that replaced City Grill on Columbus between 72nd and 73rd, may be the newest media haunt.  The restaurant, which owner Jeremy Wladis and chef Phil Conlon opened last week, has already been frequented by prominent media names, including Sam Champion, weather anchor for Good Morning America, Kemberly Richardson, of the WABC-TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News Team, and Sandra Bookman, weekday reporter and weekend anchor for WABC-TV.  After some investigation, Grub Street discovered that newsmen and women are not only hitting up the restaurant, but investing in it.  John Stossel and Chris Cuomo, big media names who have both anchored ABC’s 20/20, were quiet investors in the restaurant.  “I thought it would be fun to have a piece of a tavern in my neighborhood,” Stossel said. “And because my colleague Chris Cuomo invested, too, I thought it would be a kick to do a project with him.”  Columbus Tavern is now open, serving dishes like lamb-shank shepherd’s pie, cider-braised pork ribs, curried deviled eggs, merguez wellingtons, and spicy duck-fat cashews.

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    I know one thing, whoever does the hiring at channel 7 shares my exact tastes in women!