So this is kind of strange: The Herald reports that our favorite greasy-chopstick camp parlor, the Kowloon, will host a $50-per-plate luau to raise money for alleged mobster Darin “Nino” Bufalino. (Note: Before embarking on a life of supposed crime, he was once a male model.) “Pals of an accused mobster will be passing the pu pu platter instead — like common pols — in a fund-raiser at the venerable Kowloon Restaurant on Route 1,” the paper reports. Scandalous!
The “adults-only” gala, hostessed by Bulfino’s wife, features “comedy and entertainment.” For color, the Herald manages to track down an anonymous “gangland associate,” who thinks the entire affair is kinda humiliating: “Get the (expletive) out of here! It’s so embarrassing. The old wiseguys must be turning over in their graves.”
Not because the affair is hosted at the Kowloon, however; he’s just appalled that the alleged gangster’s wife is actually throwing the soiree. In the past, you see, accused criminals didn’t have to resort to fund-raisers at Chinese restaurants. “They always kept money on the side for lawyers and bail. They would never ask anybody for anything,” the mystery associate laments.
The event happens this evening at 7 p.m. We hope there’s still time to R.S.V.P.