Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Entrepreneurial Q & A: John McDonald

Restaurateur John McDonald knows how to fill a room. He’s recently opened the much-hyped and newly renovated Brasserie 44 in New York City’s Royalton hotel. And from what I hear, you’d better know someone if you want reservations at his restaurants—Lever House, Lure, Chinatown Brasserie, and MercBar. Today, John gives us a little inspiration on being an entrepreneur. My favorite question and answer is question number 1.

And here are a few facts about John himself:


Who inspires you My parents.
Favorite discovery Walking to work is the greatest luxury.
Necessary extravagance Drinking only great wine.
Favorite hotel Hotel Okura Tokyo.
Favorite late-night spot Blue Ribbon.
Favorite place in the world My red bench in front of MercBar, N.Y.C.


Jeans Diesel or Jean Shop.
Boxers or briefs Boxers.
Sneakers Puma.
Watch Ikepod Horizon, by Marc Newson.
T-shirt C&C California.
Favorite designer Paul Smith.
Cuff links Duncan Queen.

grooming products

Shampoo Kiehl’s.
Moisturizer Anthony Logistics for Men.
Cologne John Varvatos.
Razor Gilette Sensor.
Toothpaste Aquafresh.
Soap Musgo Real
Where do you get your hair cut Any barbershop.


Where do you live SoHo, N.Y.C.
Favorite art Irving Penn.
Sheets Calvin Klein.
Coffee-maker Green tea only.
Stationery Smythson.
Car Audi Q7 S
Favorite neighborhood restaurant Raoul’s.
Favorite cocktail Spiked Arnold Palmer.
Until Next Time!


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