Remember Cafe des Artistes? [moved from Manhattan board]
I was just reading the obit for George Lang. Interesting life, and interesting that he may be the originator of the trend to having servers introduce themselves.
I was saddened that there were no more encomia to George Lang on this board. As Gael Greene (I think it was) was quoted, she almost cried when it seemed no one knew who he was. He did a great deal for the restuarant world...and not everything was a good idea (An operating room theme with waiters dressed like doctors?). But Cafe des Artiste was a wonderful spot..I ate there every trip to New York for thirty years, back in the once-famous Harry Reasoner era and on. I last saw George in there in 2004 or so. I am sad the place claosed but he was so much a part of it that one without the other is hard to conceive of.
Of course, the number of restaurants I have outlived in New York (to say nothing of elsewhere) is getting depressingly long
Possibly one reason there weren't mentions is because the staff seems to have removed it from the Manhattan board, where it belongs. Jim Leff understood that sometimes a post may not be specifically about food, but the subject is so local that it belongs in the geographical section.