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Town Talk: Gotham Steakhouse turns 20


Hy’s of Canada president-CEO Neil Aisenstat and COO Megan Buckley welcomed guests to Gotham’s 20th-anniversary celebrations as Buckley did when the steakhouse opened on the site of an earlier Bible store.


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HOLY BEEFSTEAKS, BATMAN: Just as she did in 1999, Hy’s of Canada COO Megan Buckley welcomed guests to the Gotham steakhouse’s recent anniversary celebration, this one the 20th. As wall-to-wall invitees enjoyed abundant drinks and food, Hy’s president-CEO Neil Aisenstat cracked: “We can still give it away.” They can sell it, too, and have done since 1955 when Neil’s late father, Hy Aisenstat, launched the self-named chain in Calgary. Our Hornby-off-Dunsmuir Hy’s Encore has served 60-day, dry-aged rib steaks and other prime cuts since 1962.


Musicbiz partners Sam Feldman and Bruce Allen flanked singer Sarah Maclachlan during a debut event at Gotham in which Allen had a financial interest.

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Three blocks away at Gotham, fine-weather patrons enjoy an open-to-the-heavens patio where a Bible store once stood. Its succeeding steak house adopted the Gotham nickname that author Washington Irving coined for New York in 1807. Irving’s inspiration was an ancient English village where the name reflected its beginnings as a “home of goats.” In a tactic worth retesting today, that small community’s 13th-century residents reputedly outfoxed tax collectors by simulating insanity. Here, though, Gotham patrons must keep their wits about them when negotiating a curving stairway to the basement washrooms, especially after a few beverages. When one distinguished-looking man’s possibly overcautious descent resulted in a usually embarrassing personal accident, he nonchalantly announced: “Well, this is a black suit, so nobody’ll know.” What fellow diners upstairs would have known is that such deception was never needed for Gotham’s high-calibre fare and service.


Macdonald Development Corp’s John Macdonald attended the Gotham event while father Rob caddied for other son Stuart in the PGA Tour Series-China.

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FORE: Macdonald Development Corp. vice-president John Macdonald attended the Gotham anniversary. Hardly surprising, as the group his father Rob Macdonald founded owns the property and the adjoining St. Regis Hotel and is an equal partner in the restaurant. Among MDC’s current Canadian and U.S. projects, the Lakestone development encompasses 1,300 speculation-tax-free units near Okanagan Golf Club’s Bear and Quail courses. Missing the Gotham elbow-bender, Macdonald Sr. was at Chongqing’s Poly Golf Course where he caddied for younger son Stuart in the PGA Tour Series-China.


Oliver Young’s 1927 Triumph 500 TT should pale beside his restoring 1930 Bentley Speed Six car like one that outraced a cross-France express train.

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SUCH A KICK: Spring sunshine awakens hibernating motorcycles. Although few riders may be in their nineties, some bikes are. Among them, restorer-collector Oliver Young’s 1927 Triumph 500 TT could hit its present age in miles per hour when new and deftly tuned. Young wouldn’t repeat that, but he is readying a four-wheeled British road-burner. His 1930 Bentley Speed Six is a stablemate of one that raced the Blue Train from Cannes and, despite a Channel-ferry crossing, was in London before the crack express reached Calais.


After retrieving thousands of global plants to propagate at his nursery, Dan Hinkley was astonished by city sculptor Marie Khouri’s bronze tree trunks.

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TREES BY MARIE: Local nurseries will soon face an onslaught of folk seeking familiar and new plants for their yards, verandas, window boxes and pots. Meanwhile, having searched the world for the thousands of species he’s propagated in Washington state, celebrated plantsman Dan Hinkley found an unexpected one here. While he and landscape architect-UBC teacher Ron Rule toured Robert and Marie Khouri’s garden, Hinkley was entranced by bronze-looking tree trunks among the greenery. In fact, they were genuine bronze artworks sculpted by Mme. Khouri. “I must have some of these,” Hinkley said for the umpteenth time during his five-decade career.


Teetotaller James Walton and Michelle Mackay showed equipment he made for his Storm Brewing operation along with one of the beers produced there.

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BOTTOMS UP: The Sun reported March 5 that increasing property taxes may force many craft breweries from East Vancouver. Meanwhile, 100 such producers will serve 300 beers and ciders when the 10th annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week opens May 31. Attendees may toast teetotalling former mushroom farmer James Walton, who founded Storm Brewing in 1994, welded together some fermentation tanks and literally got craft-beer’s pot boiling.


With plans mooted to double out-of-hospital cardiac-arrest survival, Kevin Eastwood recalled Sonja Bennett helping save his life on an L.A. sidewalk.

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BACK TO LIFE: Cardiac arrests reportedly kill 40,000 Canadians annually. Eighty-five per cent of arrests occur outside hospitals, with nine out of 10 dying. At its annual gala May 31, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada will campaign to double that 10 per cent survival rate by 2029. Heartening news for city moviemaker Kevin Eastwood, who was 36 when felled on an L.A. sidewalk. Calling 911, actress-friend Sonja Bennett was guided to apply cardiopulmonary resuscitation until defibrillator-equipped paramedics arrived. Several of survivor Eastwood’s friends then took CPR training. Good for them, and maybe you.


Robert Lee’s photo of him with a 1992 hotel development had a friend crack: “You were just starting to make money then, and now you’re printing it.”

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BUT SERIOUSLY, FOLKS: Bob Lee was profiled in The Sun March 30 for convincing fellow UBC governors to launch residential and commercial developments that generated $1.6 billion. Rather like a self-deprecatory comedian, UBC commerce grad Lee told them: “I’m not really an academic person, but I do know a little bit about real estate.” Likewise, when former city mayor Tom Campbell pooh-poohed his opening bids for a 260-unit tower, golfer Lee deadpanned: “The pressure made me shoot 30 above my usual high 80s.” Offered the Ernst & Young accounting firm’s Entrepreneur of The Year Award, Lee cracked: “I thought they were calling to ask me about raising money.” Even at his retirement-tribute dinner, where then-premier Gordon Campbell said: “You and I all know that Bob isn’t going anywhere,” Lee promptly replied: “Thank you for coming. I’m leaving now.”

DOWN PARRYSCOPE: The Revised Ottawa Dictionary defines “principle” only as money.

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