Upper East Side: Lexington Avenue old-timer, Eater favorite, and Who Goes there veteran Gino may not make it through this downturn, reports Nick Fox. Chef and co-owner Michael Miele tells the Times business has been down 70% over the last two years:
"'If business stays like this, if it doesn’t pick up we can’t afford to stay open, we’re losing money...This is an institution,' said Mr. Miele, 68, and a chef at Gino since 1967. 'We’ve had the best people come in — politicians, movie stars.'"To those unfamiliar with the 64 year-old restaurant, read Brooks of Sheffield's profile here. The food is overpriced, the atmosphere, overly clubby, but losing it would be a real shame.
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