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Ken Friedman Not Interested in Elaine's, Maybe Monkey Bar?

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Earlier this week, Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter told the Wall Street Journal that he was considering teaming up with his restaurateur friends Ken Aretsky and Ken Friedman to make a bid on the old Elaine's space, which is now on the market along with the full two buildings that house it. Friedman at least is not interested. He tells Page Six, "They asked me to get involved in buying Elaine's. I said I was not interested. I never even go that far uptown, and the only time I went to Elaine's -- 10 years ago -- she threw me out because my cellphone rang. And the food was inedible. I love Graydon and want to do something with him, but certainly not Elaine's."

They hear he may actually want to work with Carter on a revamp of the Monkey Bar, the editor's clubby Midtown restaurant.
· No Elaine's, maybe Monkey [NYP]
· Graydon Carter and Restaurant Friends Consider Elaine's Buy [~ENY~]
· All Coverage of Elaine's [~ENY~]


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