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February 17, 2009

New Dining at Lincoln Center as Part of its Dramatic Transformation: at65 to open in revitalized Alice Tully Hall on February 22nd

Transforming Lincoln Center

February 17, 2009

Press Contacts:

For Lincoln Center:

Kate Merlino

212/875.5101

[email protected]


For Restaurant Associates:

Gina Zimmer

212/613-5529

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NEW DINING AT LINCOLN CENTER AS PART OF ITS DRAMATIC TRANSFORMATION

at65 to open in revitalized Alice Tully Hall on February 22nd


Lincoln Center will launch at65, a dining space in the dramatic, new Alice Tully Hall on Broadway and 65th Street. at65 will be a contemporary café and bar that will be open seven days a week to serve both concert patrons and the general public.


According to Lincoln Center President Reynold Levy, “We are transforming our campus into a more welcoming, more accessible place to enjoy the performing arts, and it is vital that we have more and better amenities for our guests. When our transformation is complete, we will be offering a variety of dining options in a range of price levels. The new at65 will serve not only our concert patrons but also casual visitors to our campus and our neighbors on the Upper West Side.”


at65 to offer breakfast, lunch, supper and full bar


at65’s name is a nod to both Alice Tully, the benefactress of the concert hall named for her, and to its location on 65th Street and Broadway. The restaurant will be managed by Restaurant Associates. “We are thrilled to be part of the new Alice Tully Hall and look forward to introducing our newest dining and drinking destination, at65, to patrons, visitors and neighbors,” commented Dick Cattani, CEO of Restaurant Associates.


at65 will debut on February 22nd, the day that the Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with FX Fowle-designed Alice Tully Hall opens to the public. It is located in the new hall’s grand foyer and it is open daily from 8 am – 9 pm. On performance nights, the restaurant will remain open until one hour after the final curtain. The café, which seats 55, is wrapped by a multi-story glass curtain wall offering patrons expansive views of Broadway and 65th Street. at65 is dominated by a distinctive 70-foot bar made of Azul Ataija limestone, where there will be counter seats at one end in addition to both tables and chairs and plush, lounge-style seating.


at65 will serve breakfast, lunch, and supper along with a full bar. In the morning, coffee and espresso drinks will be on the menu, accompanied by hot breakfast sandwiches, fruit, and a selection of baked goods from the city’s best bakeries such as Balthazar and Tom Cat. For lunch and supper, Mediterranean flatbread sandwiches will be a menu mainstay, as will classic American baked casseroles such as macaroni and cheese topped with candied, smoked bacon. Salads, soups, and beverages round out the menu. Desserts, including chocolate pots du crème (a classic riff on chocolate pudding) and frosted lemon bars, will also be available throughout the day. There will be counter service early in the day and table service in the evening, and take-out will be available as well.


Making at65 a destination for evening cocktails will be its selection of beverages, both alcoholic and non. The Tully Tini is the signature cocktail, and it is an icy blend of vodka, elderflower Liqueur St. Germain and dry vermouth, garnished with the petal of a red rose. Alice’s Champagne Cocktail is another feature from the bar – named for patron Alice Tully, it is a blend of her favorite beverage, champagne, and fine cognac. Mocktails include a Tuscan Fresco, a blend of peach nectar, white cranberry juice and rosemary. There will also be a selection of beers and soft drinks on the bar menu. Complete menus are attached.


Other dining options currently available at Lincoln Center include: the wine bar Arpeggio, the buffet restaurant Center Room, and Espresso, a casual coffee bar, all located in Avery Fisher Hall and all operated by Restaurant Associates. In the Metropolitan Opera house, Patina Restaurant Group operates The Grand Tier, a fine dining restaurant located beneath the stunning Chagall murals. As Lincoln Center completes its redevelopment, new restaurants and cafes will be announced.


Alice Tully Hall, originally completed in 1969, was the last theater in the original Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts complex to be built. It serves as home of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as presentations by Lincoln Center, Inc., The Juilliard School, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and others. Scheduled to open to the public on February 22, 2009, its opening will be the first significant public component of the dramatic transformation of Lincoln Center’s 16-acre urban campus and a prelude to the institution’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration. The hall, redesigned by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with FX Fowle, will open with a two-week Opening Nights Festival of exciting performances.


About Restaurant Associates

Restaurant Associates is recognized as the nation’s premier foodservice, restaurant and catering company, operating over 100 prestigious locations. Restaurant Associates, based in New York City, provides premium food services to museums, performing arts centers, aquariums, corporate dining, educational facilities and off-premise catering events in New York, Boston, Hartford, Atlanta, Washington DC , Philadelphia and Toronto. Restaurant Associates is a subsidiary of Compass Group, The Americas Division, the world’s largest foodservice operation.


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of superb artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. As a presenter of over 400 events annually, LCPA’s programs include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, the Mostly Mozart Festival and Live From Lincoln Center.


Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, call the Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at (212) 875-5375.


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