Charlie Trotter has been known to have his salty days. Maybe more than a few, since one time a US Army veteran said that working on Charlie’s line was more difficult than war. But still, Charlie is largely a respected general de cuisine, who seems to be having just a touch of difficulty giving up his seminal Chicago restaurant.
Charlie Trotter’s closed earlier this year after 25 years because he wanted to go to grad school. Of course, before Charlie goes off in pursuit of higher education, he has to get rid of all the stuff in his restaurant. On Wednesday, he held an auction in the now-empty dining room but interrupted the proceedings to storm the auctioneer’s podium when he was — ahem — displeased with a $275 bid on a framed Paul Elledge photo. The rant reportedly went something like this:
“Enough…Do you guys even know what this is? Of course you don’t…Just so you know, the frames alone are worth like $250, let alone an original image…Are you kidding me? I mean, I’ll fucking buy them myself, together.”
Let’s all just slowly back away, shall we?
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