The Spotted Pig, trendy bistro in the West Village has been fodder for recent #MeToo complaints due to bad behavior by restaurateur duo Mario Batali and Ken Friedman. Friedman’s chef co-owner April Bloomfield parted ways with him after pretending to be oblivious to the debauched scene in the venue’s upstairs after-hours. Drugging and raping staff. Allegedly.
News today that another woman may partner with Friedman to revive The Spotted Pig. Gabrielle Hamilton, author of Blood, Bones & Butter and decades-acclaimed Lower East Side gem Prune. A renegade rebel from lobster fiascos at upscale camps in the Berkshires, to line chef at Curtis & Schwartz Cafe in Northampton while at Hampshire College, as told in Table’s Edge.
It would be an interesting decision. But. Hamilton is above all else a survivor.