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Oct 28, 2013 11:48 AM

Leah Garchik

In Leah Garchik today in the SFChron, a squib about Mario Batali's asking Bruce Hill (Fog City Diner) to cook a private meal off-site for Kanye West.

Hill declined, explaining he couldn't get free that night: "We are expecting Bauer" at the restaurant, he texted.

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  1. I saw that! Do you think he realized what he was saying?

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    1. re: Glencora

      Every restaurant anticipating a Bauer review expects him every day until they've seen him three times or the Chron calls to schedule a photo shoot. That doesn't mean they know which day or time he'll show up.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Unless he's used one of his known companions/fake names to make the reservation.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          He's been using a different name every time for some years.

          New places with that high a profile know he's coming in, and after the first visit, assuming they spot him (pretty much a given at Fog City), they anticipate he'll be back two more times within a couple of weeks.

    2. Bruce Hill is a smart guy. He probably saw the "Fishsticks" South Park episode, decided he didn't want the gig, and used Bauer as a convenient excuse.

      1. Yo Kanye, I'm really happy for you, I'mma let you eat, but Bauer is one of the most important sf diners of all time. One of the most important sf diners of all time!

        1. After chatting with the staff, I'm increasingly believing that the idea of "expecting Bauer tonight" is more of a motivational concept to keep the employees on their toes rather than an actual prediction. And it would be useful as an excuse as well in case there is a Batali concierged gig that Bruce Hill does't want to get in on.

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          1. re: nocharge

            I can tell you from experience that it's quite literal. They don't know exactly what day or time he's coming, but at any given moment they have a plan of where they're going to seat him and who's going to wait on him.