Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2008/08/13/Tim_Zagat_The_Past_Present_and_Future_of_Restaurants Restauranteurs Drew Nieporent, Richard Melman, and Denise Fugo debate with Zagat Survey co-founder Tim Zagat on whether it is a restaurant's job to accommodate for diners' dietary needs. ----- Tim and Nina Zagat, founders of the famous Zagat Survey, talk about the past, present, and future of the restaurant business with restaurateurs Drew Nieporent, Richard Melman, Denise Fugo, and Ralph Brennan. They discuss everything from the growing interest in healthy and organic foods, to the effect "celebrity chefs" are having on the restaurant business. Drew Nieporent, one of America's most respected and celebrated restaurateurs, is the founder and inspiration behind the Myriad Restaurant Group in New York City, which operates Tribeca Grill, Rubicon, Nobu, Nobu 57, Centrico, Pulse, Proof on Main, and Crush Wine & Spirits.His restaurants have received countless accolades. Richard Melman is founder and chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, a Chicago-based corporation that owns over 70 restaurants nationwide. Tim Zagat is the co-founder, co-chair and chief executive officer of Zagat Survey, the world's leading provider of consumer survey-based dining, travel and leisure information. Denise Fugo is co-owner of Sammy's, a banquet management and catering company with three restaurants in Cleveland, Ohio.
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