Today’s edition of Lunch Break features OpenTable employee and London area manager Sasha Shaker, who cops to a red-meat addiction and reveals his favorite haunts in town and abroad, including Deeson’s in Canterbury. A G+T kinda guy, Sasha’s lunch is typically a sandwich as he’s always on the go during the work week.
Recent celebrity sightings at restaurants on OpenTable…
We were thrilled to host hospitality expert and restaurateur Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group last week. Mr. Meyer, an OpenTable board member, is the author of Setting the Table, a book that has quickly become the industry guidebook for restaurant professionals. It was a happy coincidence, then, that restaurateur Alex Wrethman of Charlotte’s Table in London recently sent a tweet showing how much he and his staff have taken Mr. Meyer’s advice to “Be the agent!” to heart. Thanks for sharing this tweet, Alex. We love the placement of your reminder, by the way. Diners in search of amazing hospitality can be sure to find it at Charlotte’s Table — and at any of Mr. Meyer’s establishments, naturally.
* The World’s Top 50 Restaurants list is out. Congratulations to Eleven Madison Park (#5), Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (#7), Per Se (#11), The Ledbury (#13), Pujol (#17), Le Bernardin (#19), Daniel (#29), The Fat Duck (#33), and The French Laundry (#47). [Fox News]
* Don’t you know who I am? The daughter of a government official in Mexico misused her influence to shutter a restaurant for not seating her at the table she wanted. Enter the Twitterati. Maximo Bistrot has since reopened and apologies continue. [Washington Post]
* Restaurant bans area man. An Albany restaurant operator forgot he was in the hospitality business when he asked a diner to leave — and never return. He, too, underestimated the power of social media. [TimesUnion.com]
* So, you want to open a restaurant? Read this list of do’s and don’ts first. [Richmond.com]