Cocktail-seeking commuters, rejoice: The fabled Campbell Apartment inside Grand Central Terminal officially re-opens today. The historic cocktail bar shut down last July after the long-time owner Mark Grossich lost his lease.
Gerber Group (Mr. Purple), which took over the space, kept most of the original touches of the landmarked room, like the hand-painted ceilings, stone fireplace and leaded-glass window, but did freshen up the joint. The space is now divided into three distinct concepts: the main room serves as the Campbell bar, a palm-tree–decorated antechamber is dubbed the Campbell Palm Court and the outdoor area is the Campbell Terrace. Modern cocktails have also been added, such as the Summertime Spice (blanco tequila, Ancho Reyes liqueur, fresh lemon, agave) and the Grand Central Spritz (Grey Goose, elderflower liquor, prosecco, mint).
The upscale bar was originally the apartment of businessman John W. Campbell in the 1920s before it was converted to various uses (office spaces, a recording studio, a jail) that resulted in a bar in 1999. Take a look at the renovated space below: