After Nino Selimaj was ordered to take down his photo of Chelsea Clinton at Osso Buco (it’s still hanging), we got to wondering where other restaurateurs fall on the political spectrum. All we had to do was run some names through the Huffington Post’s FundRace 2008 search engine to find out, for starters, that Mario Batali gave $1,000 to John Edwards while his business partner Joe Bastianich gave $2,300 to Rudy Giuliani (this could get ugly). So who are other restaurant honchos like Drew Nieporent, Danny Meyer, Siro Maccioni, et al backing?
Jonathan Fireman, restaurateur: $4,600
Amy Rubenstein, owner of Peter Luger: $4,600
Danny Meyer, restaurateur: $4,600
Drew Nieporent, restaurateur: $2,300
Kerry Heffernan, former chef of Eleven Madison Park, now at 154 South Gate at Essex House: $2,300
Deborah Gavito, owner of Counter: $500
Joseph Monaco, owner of Veniero’s: $2,300
Sirio Maccioni, restaurateur: $2,300
Joe Bastianich, restaurateur: $2,300
Amy Rubenstein, owner of Peter Luger: $1,200*
Mario Batali: $1,000
Josh Lebowitz, owner of Brother Jimmy’s: $1,000
Beatrice Tosti Di Valminuta, owner of Il Bagatto: $250
*Correction: In an earlier version of this item, the amount Amy Rubenstein donated to the Giuliani campaign was misstated.