Dream Match: Dentons vs. Martignettis

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Jason Denton, sans bro.Photo: Patrick McMullan

In a Q today, Gothamist has Jason Denton of Bar Milano chart his career from his humble beginnings as a Union Square Caf waiter to his work at the helm of Lupa, ino, and inoteca.

His answer to a question about whether he ever reverts to 12-year-old boy behavior with his younger brother Joe:

On occasion thats always healthy. But no. We have our moments, but at the end of the day, we really respect each others visions of where we want to take it. If you didnt have disagreements on certain things then why be in partnerships?

Reminds us of what Anthony Martignetti (per Guest of a Guest, he launches his ambitiously named I Cant Believe Its Not Butter party tonight) told us about working with his bro:

Weve argued about everything from what the final cocktail list is going to be to what color were going to paint the windows. It ends one way or other fighting and maybe not even speaking for a day, but were best friends and we run our business together, so even if were fighting, we both know were on the same team.

Speaking of teams, we see the makings of a good two-on-two b-ball game (or should we keep it old-worldy and say ptanque?). Winner gets the Florent space to turn into a bistro or an inoteca.

Jason Denton, Restaurateur [Gothamist]
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