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June 30, 2008

A Restaurant To Love From A Guy You Don't

Reality cooking show Top Chef scores monster ratings and spins off related ventures as fast as Bravo executives can ink the deals. But it's been a failure as a culinary star-making machine. The contestants, household names among foodies nationwide while on the show, disappear once they're off it. The lone exception: Season One's Stephen Asprinio, the spaced-out sommelier who became the first in what turned out to be a series of chef/villains Top Chef audiences love to hate. But nobody's hating his new restaurant, Forte d'Asprinio in Palm Beach, FL. It's not just a fine place to eat; it also provides an object lesson on how any operator can attract a young and free-spending crowd.
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Will There Be Fire Where There's Smoke?

Both the restaurant and financial worlds were holding their breath last week when casual dining giant Darden reported earnings for its fourth quarter and fiscal year, both of which ended May 25, 2008. But no one was watching closer than the people at Sun Capital Partners. That's the firm that bought Smokey Bones Barbeque & Grill, shortly after Darden shuttered 56 underperforming units in May, 2007. Did Sun Capital make the right deal at the right time...or did Darden get out while the getting was good
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