From the Daily News:
Plans to renovate the former Caffe on the Green restaurant in Bayside have hit a snag, forcing the new operators to delay the opening until the winter.
The popular eatery shut down in January when the city Parks Department forced out the former operators amid reports of mob ties and sloppy finances.
At the time, the new concessionaire - the Friendship Restaurant Group - had planned to reopen by May.
But the building, once home to silent-screen legend Rudolph Valentino, has been vacant for the past eight months.
Most signs and other reminders of the old name have been removed. The new operators plan to call the restaurant "Valentino's on the Green."
Parks officials said the new operator is waiting for approvals from the Buildings Department and other city agencies for its renovation plans.
"The concessionaire now plans to be open this winter," Parks officials said Wednesday in a statement. "They discovered the need for more extensive capital improvements than were originally expected, primarily structural issues relating to the floors. The increased improvements coupled with getting all the appropriate public approvals has caused the delay."
Local leaders wanted the city to let former operator Merissa Restaurant Corp. stay until its contract expired in 2010. They said they were frustrated by the delays.