Gay Talese has written at length about the moribund Gino, so it’s no surprise that it falls on him to eulogize his Upper East Side hangout in this week’s New Yorker. A couple of curious facts: The plastic flowers come from Wal-Mart at the cost of 600 dollars a year (versus the $3,000 a week that La Grenouille spends on real flowers). And the space’s next tenant will be a Beverly Hills baker who owns a chain, Sprinkles Cupcakes. Talese’s good-bye is short and sweet — if it leaves you wanting more, Lost City points to a 1977 New York article by Anthony Haden-Guest.
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