It's Been Awhile. I Know I Shouldn't Have Kept You Waiting. But I'm Here Now.
It’s actually pretty fitting. Britney and I share a taste in LA restaurants. A few weeks ago—and a few days after her appearance on the MTV VMAs—she was sitting at the table behind me at one of my favorite local spots, the back patio of Magnolia in Hollywood . She was a much-appreciated distraction from the meal I was sharing with an ex-boyfriend I hadn’t seen in four years. She was well-behaved and looking trim with a group of friends. So thanks for Break-ing the Ice, Brit Brit.
And it has been more than a year since I closed down my original Mel’s Diner feature after I left TVWeek, where I wrote about Sony’s Steve Mosko’s liver & onions habit and how big of a deal Fox’s Preston Beckman really is.
Now that I have settled in at B&C, Mel’s Diner is finally open for business again, and I would like to thank all of you regulars who have continued to ask when we were coming back. I am dedicated more than ever to keeping you all informed about what’s eating the TV industry’s players and lots of other things you might want to know about the important role food plays in our business. (That is, when my new slave-driving boss, B&C Editor-in-Chief Ben Grossman, isn’t leaving me to mind the store while he lollygags at his fave, The Grill in Beverly Hills.)
I’ll continue reporting on my excursions with industry figures at their favorite dining spots every other week. Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly is first up, so keep an eye out for a sampling in the Sept. 29 edition of B&C and the full meal online the same day. I’ll also take you on my trip to the Playboy Mansion, where Hef tells me exactly what keeps him up at night, Girls Next Door executive producer Kevin Burns tells me how real the show is and Hef’s chef reveals the secret to the Playboy icon’s favorite cookies.
BE A SUPER FLY CORRESPONDENT, tip us off to where the TV biz eats — industry bigwigs, talent, anybody working in TV in your town – with a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mel’s Diner Fly on the Wall tips will remain anonymous if you choose.