Studying What Makes Restaurants Institutions

“The Missing Ingredient,” a documentary about what makes a restaurant not just great but an institution, is next in newportFILM’s ongoing film series. It runs Sept. 22 at the Rosecliff ballroom, 548 Bellevue Ave, Newport, with 6 p.m. pre-film reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres and 7 p.m. screening, followed by a conversation with director Michael Sparaga and Charles Devigne, owner of Pescatore, the New York City restaurant featured in the film.

newportfilm-_-the-missing-ingredient-posterAccording to newportFILM, the documentary asks if making a restaurant an institution is something that can be manufactured or copied. “The Missing Ingredient” follows Manhattan restaurateur Devigne as he makes a brash choice to boost his struggling restaurant’s business by putting up iconic zebra wallpaper made world famous by the recently closed institution, Gino’s. The choice sparks controversy when Gino’s previous owners, staff and loyal regulars catch wind of it.

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