Thursday, June 20, 2024

Balthazar, Pastis Hot Spot Owner Keith McNally Says He’s Lost a Chunk of Business, Had Death Threats Since Social Media Post


Keith McNally, owner of hot spots like Balthazar and Pastis, says in a new post “Lies have been spread about me on Social Media causing my restaurants to lose a big chunk of their business.’

McNally reveals he’s head death threats, including one to “chop my head off.”

McNally misspoke in the heat of the moment on Saturday when he wrote on Instagram: “The more Utterly Repugnant the facts, the Greater the responsibility to Listen to the other side.”

McNally made a mistake. No one wants to listen, and he should have stayed out of it. We are in the heat of rhetoric now because the retaliation for hideous crimes is just as bad if not worse than what has already happened.

He’s right about his business. You can see it on Resy. Reservations are being cancelled at his places, particularly Morandi. Only the Minetta Tavern seems to be thriving, which is too bad– I was hoping it would be quiet for a change. You need the cone of silence to eat in there!

Seriously, McNally really stepped in it, as they say. He writes: “I did Not equate Palestine with Hamas. I was crystal clear in today’s post that my reference was to the Palestinians. “SILENCE GIVES CONSENT.” Plato.”

McNally is smart, he doesn’t need my advice. But I would make a big donation to UJA right now, and contribute supplies to organizations sending care packages to Israel. He’s got to look at the bigger picture, and fast, before the Balthazar Salad is a thing of the past!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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