Sunday, November 09, 2008

Keith McNally Says No To $100M Offer To Chain Balthazar, Takes Parting Shot At Stephen Starr And Other “Sell-Out” Restaurateurs

balthazar in new yorkThe famed New York City restaurateur Keith McNally recently turned down a $100 million offer for his restaurant empire including the right to open copies of the restaurants (Pastis, Balthazar, Morandi, etc.) all over the world.
“If I duplicated Balthazar or Pastis, I'd be ripping the soul out of the original,” [McNally] says.
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"I'm not the kind of person who goes to Nobu in Moscow because I like the Nobu in New York. Quite the opposite — I'd never go to another Nobu again anywhere!"
Zoinks.

Contrast McNally’s philosophy with that of Stephen Starr, who continues to churn out Buddakan after Morimoto after Prime after Buddakan.

Guess that’s the thing about selling out — it basically boils down to money vs (artistic) integrity.

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Keith McNally Resists $100M Bid For Manhattan Dining Empire
[ Page Six – New York Post ]

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