New York, NY – The Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW) today announced that the ground level space of its building, located at 1255 Amsterdam Avenue, has been leased by the University to noted restaurateur Tony May. Mr. May is the owner of San Domenico NY restaurant and is a 45-year veteran of the New York food and restaurant scene. Jud Ebersman, Vice Chairman of Walter & Samuels, Inc., represented both Columbia University and Mr. May in the transaction.

Mr. May and his partner Mimmo Magliulo, owner of Buon Italia at Chelsea Marketplace, will build-out the now empty site with plans for completion by fall 2006. The lease covers 7,000 square-feet of space for retail purposes, with 60-feet of frontage on Amsterdam Avenue. Rafael Alvarez, chief designer for some of the most noted hospitality interiors in the city, has been commissioned for the design. Mr. May and Mr. Magliulo are currently developing specific plans for the site and will release details once they are finalized. They anticipate that approximately 40 – 50 full and part-time food service jobs will be created.

Philip Silverman, Vice President for Real Estate at Columbia, stated: “We are delighted to include Mr. May and his team among our tenants. Our goal is always to find partners who will enrich the neighborhood and are as committed as we are to its long-term development. As a seasoned professional in his industry whose success has come through serving the needs of a community, Mr. May is an ideal fit.”

Added Jeanette Takamura , Dean of CUSSW, “We are excited to have renowned restaurateur Tony May as part of our community. We look forward to welcoming him.”

Tony May said, “Columbia University is more than just one of the world’s most prestigious learning institutions; it somehow manages to be both quintessentially New York and a vital, global cultural center at the same time. My goal is to deliver a place worthy of this great neighborhood and the University.”

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