The giveaway that the character, whose GM in the story is named Ian (just like at Tailor!) might just be based on our favorite blunderkind? “They were 4 months behind schedule, according to New York magazine, which had been documenting the progress of the project in its pages.” And then there’s Kasen’s rival Tommy Habana, who we can only assume is based on fellow pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini given this description of his Web page: “‘They said today on Eater that at least Tommy Habana has his website up,’ Julia the bar manager pointed out. ‘It’s just a bunch of sexy pictures of him and some bullshit bio. He's playing Mission to Mars.’”
How will young Sean Kasen cope with it all? And what will happen first, the conclusion of this story or the opening of Tailor? Meta indeed!
No Ticky, No Laundry [Sympathy for the Restaurant Industry]
The Launch [Grub Street]