Le French Diner and Ray’s Push Forward, Raise Funds

Photo: Carina Salvi

We’ve confirmed that Zucco: Le French Diner will soldier on under the wing of the late Zucco’s partner in running the restaurant, Max Fraser. Meanwhile, a regular is putting together a fund-raiser in hopes of covering Zucco’s medical expenses and the cost of flying him back to France so he can be buried next to his mother. Donations will be accepted at 200 Orchard from 5 p.m. till 10 p.m. this Sunday, when local D.J’s will spin. Bowery Boogie attended the memorial service at Angel Orensanz last night and had this to say.

The most poignant tribute to this restaurateur was when a pack of humble, Mexican kitchen workers, all colleagues of Zucco, approached the open casket, aglow in the French blue lights illuminating the floor and eves surrounding the audience, and proceeded to prostrate before him and recite a prayer in Spanish, in voices that were authentic, emotional and empathetic, without any hipster posturing or cool reticence.

Meanwhile, on a less tragic but certainly disturbing note, EV Grieve checks in with the situation at Ray’s Candy Store and finds out, via Scoopy’s Notebook, that his building’s managing agent wants to install a “noodle shop.” That, of course, isn’t flying with Reverend Billy and other local activists who are throwing a fund-raiser on March 8.

Will Ray’s become a noodle shop? (Plus, another Ray’s benefit set for March 8) [EV Grieve]
Zucco Memorial Service at Angel Orensanz [Bowery Boogie]

Le French Diner and Ray’s Push Forward, Raise Funds