March 14 (Washington Post) -- Earl Monroe called back late Wednesday afternoon after physical therapy. The Pearl says he's not gleaming as much these days. He turns 70 later this year and has had six knee-replacement operations since July to prove it. Like a somewhat accomplished former teammate of his, Monroe couldn't imagine working full-time now just for the money. "He doesn't need a job," Monroe said of Phil Jackson, who is said to be days, maybe even hours, away from going back to work for a Knicks organization that Jackson and Monroe last helped lead to a title more than 40 years ago. "When I last spoke to him, he seemed content living in L.A. and doin' his thing." So what's this really about? "You see what Pat Riley has done lately," Monroe said. Yep. "Well, everyone knows that Pat Riley and Phil haven't had the greatest relationship over time," Monroe said. "There is an
"No pressure," says Christopher Lee. "I just have the future of the Forge on my shoulders." As the new head chef of the Miami restaurant, serving the city's well-heeled for 46 years, Lee has his work carved out for him. "This place has a long history, and I'm here to write the next chapter," he says. "I don't want to disappoint." Lee is taking over a few weeks after his award-winning predecessor, Dewey LoSasso, quit. After four years at the Forge, the 50-year-old chef decided to take his accolades and traditional comfort food style to luxury resort Acqualina, where a high-paid top-chef spot and a more relaxed atmosphere were waiting. LoSasso’s tenure compares to that of the restaurant’s beloved 26-year chef Kal Abdalla. "I was excited by the new business proposition at Acqualina," LoSasso says. "I wanted to expand my horizons."The Forge is accustomed to hosting the famous, whether it's Jennifer Lopez's birthday party or Derek Jeter's night to throw back a steak. (The infamous, too. Richard Burton, Elizabeth
Miami now looks to spring break, with the passing of the 13th annual Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival, where attendees ate like you hope the kids won't drink, and where "many of the greatest chefs in the world meet like Mafia dons," said a lanky, sunburned Anthony Bourdain, hosting a dinner.
Morgans Hotel Group Co., which operates the Royalton and Mondrian boutique brands, put its 195- room Delano South Beach property in Miami Beach, Florida, on the market, according to the broker with the listing.
Morgans Hotel Group Co., the boutique-hotel operator under pressure from its largest shareholder, said Yucaipa Cos. will swap interests in the company’s convertible notes and preferred stock for its ownership in the Delano South Beach and the Light Group.
Unilever, the world’s second-biggest consumer-products maker, is considering a sale of Slim-Fast after years of declining sales at the diet-food business, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
Casa Casuarina, the 10-bedroom Miami Beach mansion where fashion designer Gianni Versace was shot and killed, sold at an auction today for $41.5 million to a group including the owners of Jordache Enterprises Inc.