New York, January 3 – Ken Aretsky, one of New York’s most accomplished restaurant owner/operators of the last thirty years, has purchased the venerable, ten year-old upscale dining establishment Patroon located at 160 E.46th St. in Manhattan, and will assume a full ownership stake, effective immediately. 
The multi-level facility has been heralded over the years as a later-day version of some of the all-time favorite dining outposts in New York, harkening back to an era when proprietors personally greeted customers and understood what a restaurant experience was all about.  With its distinctively adorned private banquet rooms, humidor room, rooftop bar and secret wine cellar, Patroon has become the type of institution envisioned by Mr. Aretsky when he originally opened its doors.
“I am very excited as we enter our second decade of providing New Yorkers and visitors alike with terrific food, a convivial atmosphere and personalized service,” remarked Ken Aretsky.  “I look forward to many more years of hosting my existing customers, many of whom have become friends, and welcoming new customers as well.”
With 2007 just begun and Mr. Aretsky as sole proprietor, Patroon is poised to celebrate its ten years of existence with a series of staged renovations and upgrades including a makeover for the second floor lounge with its breathtaking collection of photography.  Other changes planned for 2007 will be announced shortly as the New Year promises to be a very exciting one for this classic New York restaurant.
Aretsky is fondly remembered as one of New York’s most warmly welcoming “Front Men” when he helmed the ‘21’ Club during the “power” decade of the 1980’s.  Prior to his success at that famed institution, he opened the acclaimed Oren & Aretsky sports bar which had a rabid following.  The lifelong New Yorker is also credited with, among others, starting the “celebrity chef” movement when he opened the three-star Arcadia with the famed Anne Rosensweig.  The success of Arcadia elevated Aretsky to the top tier of Manhattan restaurateurs.
In celebrating its Tenth Anniversary, Patroon is gearing up for many more years of providing a classic New York dining experience and a place for luxurious private affairs under the watchful eye of one of the few remaining icons of the New York City restaurant scene. 
For further information about Patroon or to arrange an interview with Ken Aretsky, please call 212-843-8073 or email

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