This Duo Prove a Chef and a Restaurant Investor Really Can Be Great Friends
Every restaurant needs both head (investors) and heart (the chef and creative team). Often, the relationship between the two is merely perfunctory. But James Beard Award–winning chef Mashama Bailey and entrepreneur John O. Morisano transcend that stereotype. Not only do they have three restaurants together—the latest two are Diner Bar and the Grey Market at the Thompson Austin hotel—they’re also good friends. They laid bare that friendship in a book they coauthored in 2021, Black, White, and the Grey: The Story of an Unexpected Friendship and a Beloved Restaurant, about the founding of their first restaurant, the Grey, in Savannah, Georgia. In this interview, their chemistry is obvious—even though they occasionally find themselves in tiffs over who’s the boss or which wine to pair with…
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