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.
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.
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!
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.