Checking In on Il Mulino, Where the Power Players Get Fed

They like it.

It may be the complimentary fried zucchini sticks and Parmesan chunks dispensed from the trolley roving through the dining room, but probably not: The long list of politicians and celebrities like George Clooney and Drake who frequent Il Mulino in Greenwich Village keep the restaurant in the news, the Observer reports, while $70 plates of Dover Sole keep the profit margin high. Owners Jerry Katzoff and Brian Galligan have opened Il Mulino outposts all over the country, including a new one on the Upper East Side, not so much by duplicating the menu, but by franchising the restaurant's exclusivity itself. "If you asked me if I was in the restaurant business," Katzoff says, "I would say that I’m really in the brand business." [NYO, Earlier]