Minetta Tavern Gains Michelin Star, Loses Joe Gould
This has gained the place its first Michelin star and a crowded reservations list. Jeremiah finally managed to get a seat at the bar -- stuck next to two women engaged in "a gruelingly detailed conversation about the properly made Pimm's Cup" -- and noticed that though the restoration had preserved many original fixtures, it has removed the ancient portrait of Joe Gould, the famous autodidact and fraud, subject of Joseph Mitchell's writing, and habitue of the Minetta.
Jeremiah wonders: had new owner Keith McNally "loved the painting so much he wanted to keep it at home? Or did he decide that a tobacco-stained portrait of a homeless madman poet was not fitting for the delicate sensibilities of the Minetta's new clientele?"
More moans and groans from old farts here.