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Is The New Yorker Opening a Sushi Restaurant in Trump's Hotel a Jerk or Genius? - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Oct 25,2017
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Alessandro Borgognone outside DC’s Trump hotel. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Source Washingtonian

BY JESSICA SIDMAN

WASHINGTON, DC. - A good dining scene needs a good dining villain, and Alessandro Borgognone may just be the guy for the gig.

For starters, the New York restaurateur is opening the second location of his Japanese omakase restaurant, Sushi Nakazawa, in Washington’s most polarizing property: the Trump hotel. He signed on after hometown hero José Andrés broke with the hotel in a lawsuit-provoking political gesture.

Even in a liberal city, though, linking up with the Trumps may not have been the worst of Borgognone’s sins. He also bruised Washington’s fragile ego when he dissed our food scene in an interview with New York magazine late last year: “I had reached a point where I saw so much bad that I was actually looking for the good. I couldn’t find it.”

Meanwhile, Anthony Bourdain has expressed “utter and complete contempt” for the man. Esquire called him the “most hated restaurateur in America.”

Source Washingtonian



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