The 7th floor's report that Jimmy Johnson was (back) in the restaurant business and the glorious picture at left raised a few questions:
1) If I, say, wanted to keep track of an athletic contest during my meal at Jimmy Johnson's restaurant, cold I do that? The answer, yes, a "multitude of flat screens." But this led to another question.
2) Why, a) does this restaurant have a Myspace page? And b) why is the restaurant listed as 29 and female? I imagine that a fair number of Myspace users who are neither 29 nor female describe themselves thus, but a restaurant? Does this restaurant like to "party"? Is this something that we'll start to see NYC publicists do for their restos? ("Thanks for the add, Stone Barns!")
3) First Biden, and now a resurgent Jimmy Johnson. Is the coked-out uncle the prevalent sex meme for the late oughts?
4) Generally speaking, the involvement of an athlete in the ownership and management of a restaurant puts a definite ceiling on your expectations. Consider four restaurants -- Prune, Wayne Gretzky's Steak House, Le Bernardin, and Chelli's Chili. You will notice that the two non-sports-oriented ones are generally more ambitious and held in higher regard for their food than those with a sports orientation. However, think of how much lower expectations would be if, say, someone approached Eric Ripert and said -- we like what you do with a court-bouillon -- would you like to coach the Jets? (That said, I'd hire Gabrielle Hamilton as strength and conditioning coach in a heartbeat.)
5) Finally, if I were to visit Jimmy Johnson's restaurant, would I be personally directed to the restroom?
Good to know.