Hij bezit de Italiaanse bistro in New York al 21 jaar. Burgemeester Bloomberg’s antirookwet betekende het einde voor zijn bedrijf.
“I’ve been in the restaurant business for 21 years and now I have pretty much lost it all. But worst of all I have lost people who are like my family,” Don was saying.
“Ten of the staff are gone. People very close to me. My chef for 15 years who has four kids, he has no job because I don’t have a restaurant anymore.” Don blames Bloomberg’s draconian smoking ban on the demise of his restaurant.
“Europeans, Africans, South Americans, they all smoke. They would come here for lunch, dinner, parties,” Don said. “They don’t come here now. I had to tell them they cannot smoke. They stay at the United Nations where they can eat, drink and smoke.”