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Turning the Top Tables

How the legendary New York restaurateur Ken Aretsky built a fabled résumé of fine dining by turning setbacks into life-affirming experiences.
Michael Marsh
From the Print Edition:
The Blues Brothers, Jan/Feb 2008

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"Quality of life is really important," adds Aretsky, who also believes that smoking a cigar on the front porch of his country home remains one of life's great luxuries. "A cigar adds to the quality and I'm not giving it up."

And what about giving up the restaurant business someday? "Retirement is not a concept for me," says the 66-year-old Aretsky. "This is what I do and this is all I want to do. This is where I'm happiest."

Photographs by David Eustace

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