There was concern that new owners might make significant changes to the 90-year-old lunch counter — or perhaps close it altogether.
However, the new owner, Warren Chiu, tells Town & Village that it will be business as usual for years to come.
Chiu said Eisenberg’s first came onto his radar a few years ago when he lived several blocks to the north. He often ate there with his two children (now two and three years old) after trips to Madison Square Park.
"So I know the neighborhood well and I like historic, old places like this one," Chiu said. "My goal is to keep Eisenberg’s the way that it has been."
While this is his first time owning a restaurant, Chiu has a background in hospitality. He is vice president of development of Warwick International Hotels, so he’s operated hotel restaurants and bars.
Meanwhile, Konecky seemed please by his business departure. "I’m delighted," he told T&V. "For me it’s a good change."
He said that he got tired of the day-to-day pressure of running a business in NYC
"Everything was a fight with the city," Konecky said. "I’d never done it before. Some people (who’ve been in the business longer), they’re a little more steely to it. It just got to me."
He gave an example of how recently he considered raising prices to keep up with rising food costs, but couldn't justify doing so. "I was afraid to go to $10 for a tuna sandwich," he said. "It sounds like a lot of money."