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Plans for an upscale eatery in the Union Square pavilion have been floating around for years, and now the development faces another key legal decision. Last year, the city granted permission to a restauranteur to open a seasonal eatery (with $18 omelets) in the space, but the Union Square Park Coalition appealed the decision, arguing that it violates the Public Trust Doctrine, which says that parkland can't be used for anything else without approval from the State Legislature. A judge previously ruled that seasonal eateries constitute permissible park uses. [NYDN; previously]