In 1998, Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group embarked on restaurant mission impossible. He opened two restaurants at once — Eleven Madison Park and Tabla — and a documentary film crew hung out with him the whole time.
Flash forward 14 years, and the finished documentary by Roger Sherman will air tonight on PBS at 10:30. “I was pretty convinced I’d made the absolute worst mistake of my entire professional life,” the then-dark-haired Meyer said in the opening line of the trailer.
The Restaurateur follows Meyer at the beginning of his career, and when asked if he could see opening two restaurants at the same time again he answers, “Can’t say I’ve seen the upside just yet.”
Now if only there were a documentary about Shake Shack’s caloric value.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 20, 2012