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Ralph Lauren Can't Secure Reservations for Friends at His Paris Restaurant

Ralph Lauren Can't Secure Reservations for Friends at His Paris Restaurant


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more restauranting in Ralph Lauren's future? He opened a 13,000-square-foot store on the Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris this past April, complete with his first European restaurant, Ralph's, which currently has a four-week wait to get a reservation. Not even Ralph himself can secure a reservation for friends, he tells Harper's Bazaar. "I read about 20 reviews, and they sound like my mother wrote them. It's sort of shocking, and in Paris of all places. Vera Wang called me — she was going to invite 10 people out to dinner — but even I couldn't get her in."

Or perhaps he'll move from restaurants to another revenue stream: "I love creating something and doing more things and coming up with a new concept. I love the challenge of new ideas. I like hitting different markets. I love the young market. I don't like designing dresses, but I like designing concepts, stores. I like to open restaurants. I think I'd probably like to do a hotel. I'd like to do a movie. I don't know if I'll ever do them all, but maybe a few."

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