5 Things You Didn't Know About Restaurateur John McDonald

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Restaurateur John McDonald, owner of downtown New York City restaurants Lure Fishbar and El Toro Blanco, reveals five surprising things about himself. Read on to find out what they are.

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Kitchen Daily: What's your favorite wine to drink, hands down?

John McDonald: George Pinor Noir: This is a small-batch pinot noir by a guy named George. He's a mad scientist. He doesn't necessarily farm his own grapes because doing so can be pretty risky, so he curates the best from the region. I think he only does three or four different wines each year. My sommelier turned me onto it, I've turned a dozen passionate pinot drinkers onto it, and it's always a home run.

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KD: What do you find is the most difficult part about opening restaurants?

JM: The most difficult part of opening a restaurant is not allowing the chaos to overwhelm you or senior members of the team. Just find specific problems each day and solve them one at a time.

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KD: Do you ever have a hard time deciding what dishes will go on a menu?

JM: It's always hard to separate what I personally might love and what you realize will work and sell. Within a few weeks the numbers do the talking and if you listen, you make changes to drop the weakest items.

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KD: What’s the most unforgettable piece of advice you’ve received?

JM: Be the hardest worker in the room.

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KD: Is there anything you haven't done yet that you want to do?

JM: I haven’t done a hotel project. At some point, that would be the next challenge I'd like to tackle from the ground up.

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With popular downtown New York City establishments like Lure Fishbar and El Toro Blanco under his belt, restaurateur John McDonald has been successfully shaping the city's restaurant scene, and the latest buzz surrounds his newly opened restaurant Bowery Meat Company with chef and co-owner Josh Capon. Curious to know what makes him tick, we chatted with John and learned some surprising facts about the entrepreneur. Find out the best piece of advice he's ever received, what might be his next project after restaurants and more.

Check out the slideshow above to discover five things you didn't know about John McDonald, including what he says is the hardest thing about opening restaurants. Then, check out his 7 favorite foodie photos, learn about his must-have foods and discover how he stays healthy with such a busy career!

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