Family Feud(s) in the Restaurant/Food Biz
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:48 AM
In the Chinese restaurant world, you really don't have to go any farther than the Grand Sichuan Int'l. chain, which keeps spawning offshoots and offshoots of offshoots.
On the upper east side, something went on in the Balducci family, creating Grace's Marketplace, Agata & Valentina and yes, Balducci's. And don't forget the Zabars.
I'm sure these types of feuds occur outside of New York as well. I'm looking to name a few.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:56 AM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:32 AM
Not too surprising - it seems to happen a lot with pizza! Are they on 18th Street?
Mitch, two of those rancid jumbo slice pizza places in Adams Morgan are also run by fallen-out brothers. But who cares about them. My heart is with Sahyoun!
Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:40 AM
Honestly though, even drunk they're pretty awful..
Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:43 AM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:10 AM
In addition to the branches mentioned in the linked news story, at least two other family members operate bakeries under the family surname.
Bouillie: eating in south Louisiana
Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:47 AM
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 01:01 PM
I also remember an exceedingly awkward lunch at a Sengalese restaurant where the hostess was divorcing the chef. Both would come to our table and complain loudly about the other. Great food but I never went back.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:10 PM
Although I sometimes suspect that this was an expansion plan with a publicity twist. But I've never heard anyone else suggest that.
Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:11 PM
In San Diego, there are the ubiquitous small mexican restaurants called Roberto's, Alberto's, Royberto's, Hilberto's, et al, which may have started through a family split but now it's more likely they're just trying to capitalize on the similar sounding name. I believe Roberto's was the original. I think it even started in an old Fotomat drive-thru kiosk.
edited to correct my misteak
Edited by Toliver, 14 March 2012 - 01:12 PM.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:48 AM
"On this spot, April 17, 1889, nothing happened"
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