Their Coffee Was Secretly Replaced With Folger’s, And Now I’m Bidding On The Giant Dancing Bear

Well, I’ve never been to Tavern on the Green in NYC (remember the Folger’s commercials from the ’80s, where they secretly replaced the fine coffee they usually serve with Folger’s Crystals…can anyone tell the difference?) but noticed when I was looking through the Live Auctioneers website that they will be selling the physical assets of the restaurant on Thursday of this week. The restaurant closed in the early hours of January 1st after a big New Year’s Eve celebration. handles the internet bidding on the Slotin Folk Art auctions, and tons of other sales and often they will carry a really interesting one with Southern antiques or other folk art collections, so I try to keep up with what they are offering.
One of the things about the Tavern sale is that they are selling the large-scale topiaries from the restaurant that were created by the greensman for the movie Edward Scissorhands, Dan Ondrejko. They have a large bunny, swans, dancing bear, horse, elephant (estimated to sell for between $10-50k) – even more here.
I’m still in love with Pearl Fryar’s topiary garden in South Carolina – and a 2010 calendar of images from the garden is here.

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