$72,000 Monthly Rent for Time Warner Bistro
It really amazes me the amount of hatred directed at Marcel.... I mean, you're around these people all the time, and look, there were times when there were people that I didn't want to be around, but my decision was to go and lock myself in the bathroom. That was my quiet time.That's how he got through the show? By hanging out in the bathroom? Let's hope he remembers employees must wash hands before returning to work. CORRECTION, Jan. 4: An earlier version of this item suggested Top Chef was still on hiatus. Harold's Blog [BravoTV.com ]
The Italian restaurant Sal Anthony's was an Irving Place institution for 40 years, until it closed last February. Its last supper came after owner Anthony Macagnone lost a five-year court battle with his landlords, allowing them to raise his rent some 500 percent. Unable to afford it, Macagnone closed up shop. And yet still a Sal Anthony's awning leads up to the restaurant's second-floor entrance. Why? Because after insisting in court that a fair-market rent would be much more than what Macagnone was paying, his landlords have been unable to get anyone to pay the new, higher rent. "I'm amused," Macagnone said recently, speaking at his Movement Salon on Third Avenue, which offers yoga and Pilates classes. (He also still runs two other restaurants, one in the East Village and one in Little Italy.) "I was paying $12,000 a month and they wanted $60,000. They had all these witnesses coming into court who said it was worth so much. It must have cost them a million dollars to get me out." The problem, Macagnone says, is the stairs in front of the building. It's a flight up to his old restaurant space and two steps down to a basement space he used as a catering hall, among other things. The stairs, he says, "are a bane to a retailer's existence. I wouldn't rent [the space] now if they gave it to me for free." Broker Adina Azarian, who is trying to rent the property, agreed that the stairs "have turned off" some prospective tenants. "But the second floor has great visibility and the staircase is dramatic," she says. "It has a beautiful view and the windows are great. It's up for grabs, and I'm sure the right person will come along." Indeed. But for what rent? —Mary Reinholz
You've heard, of course, of the Sports Illustrated Curse: That teams or players featured on the mag's cover inevitably don't perform as well as they're expected to. We're now forced to wonder if there's a similar Adam Platt Curse, as Dona, a restaurant New York's esteemed chief food critic named one of the city's best newcomers in the current issue, and helmed by a chef, Michael Psilakis, Platt picked as an up-and-comer to watch, has announced it will be closing after Saturday night. Josh Ozersky has the scoop — and more details — at Grub Street. Dona Closing Saturday [Grub Street]
Speaking of long-tenured tenants of the Hudson River piers: The Frying Pan, that floating West Chelsea institution docked for years at Pier 63, is finally sailing off into the night. The 1929 lightship that houses the bar and café is being forced from its mooring as the city rebuilds that section of Hudson River Park, reports Daniel Maurer at Grub Street. Will that leave the pan permanently unfried? Oh, no, far from it. Grub Street's got the goods. City Sinks Beloved Party Vessel; New Location in the Works [Grub Street]
Diane Sawyer will take over World News from Charlie Gibson after the presidential election, but how will she entertain herself till then? Frank Capra wanted to make a sequel to It's A Wonderful Life. Rod Stewart told Rolling Stone his daughter has a serious liver condition from partying too hard; she denies it. The owner of Cafe Fuego in the East Village, who's also the boyfriend of Halle Berry, behaves just like all the ill-behaving ex-boyfriends of Halle Berry. Billionaire Russian heiress Anna Anisimova ditches New York for the warmer climes of L.A., plans to start a perfume company. Stephen Baldwin misbehaved on an airplane. Denis Leary made fun of Mel Gibson at the New York Comedy Festival. Borat had a few issues at the Wellington Hotel when he stayed there while filming a scene for his movie. Peter Cook still likes 'em blonde. The makers of a documentary about the difficulties American soldiers after having readjusting to life at home are unable to get the Armed Forces to show it. Stylist Rachel Zoe angered Tom Ford when she left a dinner party he was throwing in L.A. Liz Smith has some advice for Britney Spears: Go on Oprah and tell the world, "I was unconscious for two years." Evidently, Paula Abdul is Jewish.
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