Keith McNally Once Used a Restaurant Loan to Finance a Film

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"I got so depressed about being in New York not doing what I wanted. By the late eighties I had The Odeon, Cafe Luxembourg, Lucky Strike ... But I didn't care. I had to stop for six months. I wrote a script [End of the Night, about a man whose life is falling apart], realized it would take forever to get made so I borrowed $500,000 for a new restaurant and used that ... It got good reviews and I made the money back." —The restaurateur, who's also worked as an actor, film director, and farmer, opens up about his 30-year career, current life in London, and the opening of Balthazar in Covent Garden, which he says will have a bigger emphasis on food than the New York outpost. [Guardian UK]