The Buzz Is Now, But Joanne Is Still Weeks Away

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His restaurant isn't ready yet. Photo: West Side Rag

Joe Germonatta gave the West Side Rag a short project update today, in between explaining to tourists that his restaurant, Joanne, still wasn't open, despite his daughter's impassioned plug on ABC with Katie Couric on Thanksgiving. Gaga endorsed the restaurant to millions, saying, “Watching my dad put up the awning in front of 68th Street two blocks from where I grew up in a beautiful brownstone where they make Italian food, and to watch him open the restaurant of his dreams and have it called Joanne after his sister, that’s wealth. That’s the dream.” [West Side Rag]