New WTC drops plans for windows on world-type restaurant

March 8th, 2011 - 6:19 pm ICT by ANI  

New York, Mar 8 (ANI): Developers of the new World Trade Center have reportedly dropped plans for windows on the world-type restaurant on the tower’s top floor.

The restaurant, which had been part of the building’s plan since it was first called the Freedom Tower, has been scrapped over concerns about cost and the difficulty of finding a restaurateur willing to run a likely money-losing operation, the New York Post reports.

The paper quoted Port Authority (PA) executive Director Chris Ward as saying that: “These things are always money-losers. We think we can achieve a far better financial return given the (quality of the) space and avoid all the complexities.”

“New York City already has plenty of great restaurants,” Ward added.

The PA and private developer Douglas Durst are building the tower.

The original plan for a two-story restaurant was first developed in 2007, but it was scaled down to one floor because of concerns over cost. However, even that proved quite costly.

The decision to drop the restaurant came abruptly. The PA Web site still includes a “skyline” restaurant among the tower’s amenities. (ANI)

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