The future of Delmonico’s, the oldest steakhouse in the country that has been in operation since 1837 until the pandemic, appears to be at stake.
Located in the Financial District, the 186-year-old restaurant also serves as the exterior shots for The Continental Hotel in the John Wick film series and has been closed for nearly three years.
However, there is currently a dispute with two parties who now claim the right to reopen the restaurant in the financial district.
The Continental is John Wick’s most iconic location: a hotel for hitmen where they can sip whiskey and keep an eye out for other hitmen as they “take care of business” in the heart of the financial district.
One of Manhattan’s oldest restaurants, Delmonico’s, is returning to the financial district after nearly three years
When the restaurant was open, it was known for its innovative American dishes, including Eggs Benedict, Manhattan Clam Chowder, and the famous Delmonico steak, pictured above
When the restaurant was open, it was known for its innovative American dishes, including Eggs Benedict, Manhattan Clam Chowder, and the famous Delmonico ribeye steak.
The dispute revolves around who owns the rights to Delmonico’s name and its use.
A press release sent out last week mentioned how the restaurant would return in the fall of 2023, but an Instagram post on Delmonico’s Instagram account claimed that the “recent reports that we will reopen at 56 Beaver Street are false.”
“It has come to our attention that former employees have been misrepresented to the media as owners of Delmonicos,” the post read.
One family claims they have the right to use the trademarked name, while a second party claims that announcing any sort of reopening is a violation of trademark rights.
An Instagram post on Delmonico’s Instagram account claims that the “recent reports that we are reopening at 56 Beaver Street are false.”
The iconic New York diner at 56 Beaver Street has served as the “re-dressed” exterior of The Continental Hotel in the John Wick film series. Keanu Reeves is pictured above
Delmonico’s, New York City’s 186-year-old restaurant, closed as COVID hit in 2020
Delmonico’s closed their doors and ‘suspended all operations’ as part of the lockdown on March 18, 2020. This image shows cooks preparing food at Delmonico’s in 1902
The Grgurevs, who used to operate the restaurant and currently run Delmonico’s Instagram account, allege 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 relaunch of the restaurant.
The Grgurevs are also in the process of filing a lawsuit against the new operators.
The disagreement revolves around a spring 2021 legal ruling in which brothers Ferdo and Omer Grgurev managed to secure full ownership of the venue, but no Delmonico’s restaurant or any other restaurant within a one-and-a-half radius until March 2023. kilometers to operate.
However, the Grgurevs have stated that they also still have the right to continue operating the restaurant under the Delmonico name.
Meanwhile, Dennis Turcinovic and Joseph Licul, who are involved with another restaurant, now claim to be the new owners of the property as of January 1, 2023, and are not involved in any pending lawsuit with the previous owners.
Delmonico’s was one of several eateries and bars across the country forced to close during the coronavirus lockdown. They never reopened
A representative for Turcinovic told Eater how he and Licul have signed a new 15-year lease with Time Equities, denying any claims that would suggest they are not the rightful owners.
They have announced plans to take down any website that suggests otherwise and plan to launch new websites if the issue is not resolved.
But the Grgurev brothers claim they have the right to operate the restaurant under the Delmonico’s name, while others are banned from operating Delmonico’s or any other restaurant within a mile until March this year.
In April 2022, the landlord, Time Equities, attempted to evict the restaurant, led by the Grgurev family, over alleged non-payment of nearly $300,000 in rent and fees.
Seen some of Delmonico’s legendary steaks in the fridge when the venue was open before 2020
Delmonico’s busy kitchen as seen in 1902 when the restaurant was 65 years old
Mark Twain’s 70th Birthday Dinner held at Delmonico’s December 5, 1905
The Grgurev family denied 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 deal with Turcinovic and Licul, Grgurev’s former partners.
Michelle Grgurev, Omer Grgurev’s daughter, now says her family believes the landlord deliberately let the lease expire so it could be reissued to new tenants.
The iconic New York Restaurant can be seen as the exterior of The Continental Hotel in the John Wick film series
Delmonico’s dinner menu on April 18, 1899