The famed Pump Room is coming back - but perhaps under a different name.
Hotelier Ian Schrager, who last month announced his plans to rehaul the restaurant and the entire Ambassador East Hotel, is asking the public to vote on whether to keep the Pump Room name or change it to Gold Coast Kitchen. Voting will be open for two weeks starting Thursday, and Schrager will announce the name on June 22.
Schrager already has decided on a name for the revamped hotel: Public. For the restaurant, he has enlisted the help of New York chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who will model it after his farm-to-table Manhattan restaurant ABC Kitchen.
People can vote at publichotels.com; by calling (888) 682-7867 or (888) 943-4653, or by texting PUMP or GOLD to 24474.