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THE RESTAURATEUR
(First Run Features) 2010. Documentary. 57 minutes. Not rated.  Twelve years ago, successful restaurateur Danny Meyer and his team decided to open not one, but two restaurants in New York’s Madison Square Park…and director Roger Sherman was there and captured all of it up until about 2010.
    Man, talk about a project (that’s directed to Danny and Roger)! More intimate than instructive,
The Restaurateur wonderfully captures the anguish and anxiety of  opening a restaurant and doing whatever it takes to keep it open and successful; changing personal, chef hunting, menus, floor layout, and everything else under the sun. Although the pace is slow and not very exciting, like most Roger Sherman documentaries, you cannot help feel the compelling events happening in front of you grabbing your shirt and pulling you in; like most Roger Sherman documentaries. Foodie fans will dig this DVD…and appreciate seeing a fully haired Tom Colicchio (douchie bald chef/host of Bravo’s Top Chef). A 27 minute extra brings the story right up to the point of DVD release. –Denis Sheehan

 

 

 

 

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