As promised, more Michael Hemorrhoid news. An article in the NY Times called “Rebel, Disgraced, Tries to Pull Off Rebound” finally hit the newsstands Wednesday. Though the piece barely skims the story, it is good reading. Some choice clips:
“What’s most despicable is that Michael just left,” said Tommy Habetz, the chef and a partner at Mr. Hebberoy’s Gotham Building Tavern in Portland, which closed after the crackup. “It was so immature. I had put my heart and soul into the restaurant, and to have my partner leave without a warning or a conversation about how we could fix things — it was pretty heartbreaking.”
In Seattle, over simmering Le Creuset pots, Mr. Hebberoy acknowledged that he feels “profoundly humbled” by what he calls “the crash and burn.”
“The biggest mistake for me was not recognizing sooner the type of work I’m meant to be doing,” he said. “I got lost in the dream of running a mega-restaurant group when I should have stuck to stimulating conversation around food.”
Speaking of the events surrounding Ripe’s crash, Mr. Hebberoy said: “I decided to live differently and create differently with the hope that people would see that. But I became the distinct scapegoat for the fall of Ripe, even though I had been the one who spent the most energy and time trying to save the company.”
Given the space available, I think the author did a good job. However, I don’t think his claim that “The Oregonian named clarklewis the 2004 restaurant of the year before it even opened” is correct. I had told him the story of The Portland Mercury writing a rave review before Gotham opened, and that The Oregonian gave CL “Restaurant of the Year” after it had only been open for three months. Maybe the facts got entangled. You can read the entire story here.