According to a post on Diner's Journal, chef Marc Forgione kicked Times columnist Rob Lieber out of his eponymous restaurant on Saturday after a bizarre altercation in the kitchen. How it goes down: Lieber sits down to dinner with friends and after the bread course hears Forgione berating his waiter. Said waiter delivers an amuse-bouche, heads back to the kitchen, and it happens again:
A few minutes later, the chef was at it again. Fifteen seconds. Another fifteen. And without much forethought, I pushed back my chair and walked through the open doorway of the kitchen...I told the chef that his behavior was making me and others uncomfortable. I let him know that I thought it was mean. And I asked him to cut it out.Forgione then goes to Lieber's table, tells him he's rude, and asks him to leave the restaurant.
Forgione later tells Lieber that he kicked him out not for complaining but for waving him off "as if I was an annoying bug. Someone who acts like that in my restaurant, I would never serve."
· Why I Got Kicked Out of a Restaurant on Saturday Night [Diner's Journal]