The most famous restaurant of traditional Russian cuisine “Russian samovar” (Russian Samovar) declared bankruptcy due to problems with the rent.
According to the Wall Street Journal, citing court documents, after the reorganization of the institution plans to continue the work. According to the lawyer “Russian samovar” Gabriel Del Virginia, declaring bankruptcy is an emergency measure to prevent the rupture of the contract of lease and subsequent eviction.
Landlord Alvin Nederlander Associates requires restaurant $199 thousand for the disputed lease. However, the lawyer “Russian samovar” assures that the debt arose because of a conflict with Samovar Management Group Inc., which temporarily owns the restaurant. Virginia says that it is the head of this company, Alexander Agadzhanova, ceased to pay rent to get the business itself.
“Russian samovar” was founded immigrated from Soviet literary critic Roman Kaplan. The school opened its doors in 1986 in the place where previously was a nightclub Jilly”s Canteen, where he loved to visit Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack members.
Later partners of Kaplan became a ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov and the poet Joseph Brodsky, who spent on business support part of the Nobel prize.
“They made money, and I gave them some share from this restaurant. But, besides that they helped me money, they helped me with their outstanding names,” Kaplan said in an interview with “the Seagull.”
On the page of the Novel Kaplan in Facebook a poem Brodsky dedicated to the other, which also mentioned a “Samovar”.
Dear friends!I wanted to tell you that he was immensely happy to see how wonderful and touching you responded to…
“Russian samovar” is known not only among immigrants from the former USSR countries, but among new Yorkers. It had Gerard Depardieu, Liza Minelli, Barbara Streisand and other celebrities. He appeared in one episode of the cult TV series “Sex and the city” starring Baryshnikov.
In 2006, the poet Anatoly Naiman published the book “an affair with a Samovar”, dedicated to the history of the restaurant.
“Once “the Samovar” will disappear, as the ship went due to storms on the bottom or in the decrepitude to be scrapped,” wrote the author.
“Russian samovar” is not just a restaurant with traditional Russian cuisine, but also a Museum and even a cultural center that often hosts poetry readings, exhibitions and book presentations.
The oldest of the new York restaurant “Russian samovar” filed for bankruptcy updated: December 19, 2018 author: Catherine Moskalets