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After an epic battle, the courts have ruled that Union Square Park can house a seasonal restaurant after all. The Parks Department won a 15-year agreement to operate an eatery from mid-April to mid-October in the park's northern pavilion, which it recently renovated. The restaurant will pay the city $300,000 in annual rent to start, increasing over time or if revenues are high, and also fund $700K worth of capital improvements for the park. At issue in the case was whether a restaurant counts as a permissible use of a park. [Capital NY; previously]