Spotted Pig Owner Sick of Pigs

Ken Friedman knows you like the pig motif. He's still sick of it.Photo: Melissa Hom

Ken Friedman was none too pleased that a top Batali-Bastianich executive let the cat out of the bag about he and co-owner Mario Batalis plans for a sister place to the Spotted Pig. Initially, he wasnt ready to confirm or deny anything, but once we got him talking, he did tell us that the new place, a seafood-centric gastropub, would not in fact be a twin operation. (Actually, we had wondered why a seafood place would be called the Spotted Pig.) It wont be a carbon copy. [Chef] April Bloomfield and I could have made a lot of money just cloning the place and having one in Vegas or elsewhere, but thats not interesting to us. We havent signed the lease yet, and I dont want to jinx things. But Ive already thrown all my pig paraphernalia out of my apartment. Does that mean hes buying fish paraphernalia?

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