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Elaine Kaufman, Legendary Founder of Elaine's, Passes Away

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photo: Jonathan Becker/Vanity Fair

The Post brings the sad news that Elaine Kaufman, the Upper East Side legend that founded and ran the eclectic writer's haunt Elaine's died today at the age of 81.

She opened the restaurant almost 50 years ago, and back in its heyday, the imposing Kaufman was famous for her warm acceptance of beloved regulars and her aggressive behavior with patrons she didn't approve of (she was arrested and sued for one altercation). Famed regulars past and present include William Styron, George Plimpton, Gay Talese, Norman Mailer, Elaine Stritch, Woody Allen, Jackie Onassis, and Tom Wolfe. See a great lengthy obit over at the Times.

Also, have any good Elaine's stories? Now's the time to send them in.
· Famed restaurateur Elaine Kaufman of Elaine's dies at 81 [NYP]

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1703 2nd Ave., New York, NY

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