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Books by Elaine’s Regulars Will Adorn New Restaurant The Writing Room

AEHochtnerElainesBookNYT Dining section reporter Glenn Collins shared a nostalgic look over the weekend at the impossible restaurant-act The Writing Room is attempting to follow. Owners Michael and Susy Glick have spent two years renovating Elaine’s famed 1703 Second Avenue locale and are planning to re-open the space as The Writing Room next Monday.

It’s definitely a bit of a strange name for a restaurant. As NYT reader and TriBeCa resident Misha puts it in the comments, ‘It brings to mind a Starbucks full of laptops.’ The spirit of Elaine Kaufman will be honored in a number of different ways. A gallery of 135 framed photos celebrating NYC “cultural eminences” will include 40 snapshots taken at Elaine’s. Furthermore, some of the celebrated writers who dined at Table 10 and elsewhere will be noted:

There will be a wood-spindled newspaper and magazine rack, and a back room called the Study — in a new building extension — that will offer wraparound floor-to-ceiling bookcases.

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Graydon Carter Won’t Be Saving Elaine’s

When word got out that Elaine’s will be shutting down for good this Thursday, people began speculating that Graydon Carter – a frequent visitor to the joint and a restauranteur – might save it. Sadly, The New York Observer reports that is not going to happen:

‘The partners and myself have made no progress,’ Mr. Carter told The Observer. ‘I know for Ken [Friedman] and myself it was really a matter of geography. If you live downtown, 89th and 2nd Avenue is really a serious hike, and ultimately, that was the deciding factor.’

It’s a shame, but as Carter noted, he wouldn’t have been able to keep the standard set by Elaine. ”God knows I look good in a muumuu, but I don’t think anyone could fill Elaine’s shoes,” he said.

If god does indeed know that, then we feel bad for him (her, it, whatever).