Swiss Restaurant Mogul Looks to Become Uppity Burger Baron


So this is what a gourmet burger looks like?Photo courtesy Dr. Wolf Wagschal

Among the high rollers we met at last nights autism benefit was a good-natured Swiss restaurateur with the formidable name of Dr. Wolf Wagschal. Wagschal was being shown around by our old pal Drew Nieporent, and we found ourselves chatting up the good doctor about his plans. It appears that Wagschal has it in mind to create a gourmet, high-end, white-tablecloth restaurant devoted entirely to hamburgers. It wont be like you have here, with your bacon cheeseburgers and so on, he tells us. We will have a cordon bleu burger, a vitello tonnato burger, a mushroom-and-Brie burger, and so on. And it wont be like the DB burger either; it will be totally dedicated. Wagschal wants the restaurant, which he plans to open first in Switzerland and then in New York, to have the atmosphere of Tribeca Grill. And who can blame him? But unless he serves one of our bacon cheeseburgers, we wont be going there. Vitello tonnato!