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Causes Russian Tea Room Evacuation

October 5, 1988

NEW YORK (AP) _ Some patrons at the Russian Tea Room got lunch on the house after a construction site problem forced evacuations from the posh restaurant and nearby buildings, including Carnegie Hall.

The buildings were briefly evacuated Tuesday when a construction crane began swaying as it hoisted an 8,000-pound concrete block hundreds of feet in the air. The block was lowered and the crane secured a short time later, authorities said.

Chuck Snavely, a cellist with the Cincinnati Symphony in town to play at Carnegie Hall, was eating lunch next door at the Russian Tea Room when the evacuation was ordered. He got his chicken Kiev on the house to make up for the inconvenience.

″I was ready for dessert when the waiter just came by and said everybody had to leave the building,″ he said.

Several other guests who had not yet paid for their meals also got a free lunch, said Gregory Camillucci, the restaurant’s general manager.

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