Updated May 7, 2024 - News

Incoming D.C. restaurateur slams Jeff Bezos' fiancée (again)

: Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez attend The 2024 Met Gala Celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion"

Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sánchez at the Met Gala. Photo: by Kevin Mazur/MG24/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

Restaurateur Keith McNally is opening big-name restaurants in D.C. while stoking a feud with the bigger-name Washington Post owner.

The big picture: McNally — who founded NYC import Pastis and owns the forthcoming Minetta Tavern — has a penchant for sounding off on social media, leaving no VIP unscathed (minus Woody Allen). Now D.C.'s dining elite is on notice.

Driving the news: McNally sarcastically apologized for calling Jeff Bezos' fiancée "revolting" in a new Instagram post — one in a series of unfiltered comments from the NYC-based restaurateur.

  • Most recently, he posted a photo of the couple from Monday night's Met Gala, "looking like a million dollars." McNally admitted to "backpedaling" on his negative commentary, writing that "I believe backpedaling is f---ing healthy. An open mind is to be encouraged not ridiculed."

Catch up quick: Last month, McNally made a viral and seemingly unprovoked post criticizing Lauren Sánchez's appearance. He also shared photos of her and Bezos, saying they make "an ugly and f---ing smug-looking couple."

  • Sánchez channeled kindness, but chaos ensued. Celebs like Chrissy Teigen defended her. The Daily Beast used the moment to announce they're hiring a full-time Sánchez reporter. Pet mice were allegedly let loose at his NYC hotspot Balthazar. McNally edited his post to read: "What a bizarre-looking couple."

Zoom in: In a recent Instagram message, McNally sarcastically apologizes for criticizing Sánchez's "wholesome and natural" looks.

  • He also calls Jerry Seinfeld's wife Jessica a "f----r" for her comment, now deleted, on his original IG post that criticized his "twisted, pitiful, and hideous mind."

What we're watching: Who's the next target of McNally's ire.

  • Remember when he banned TV personality James Corden from Balthazar and cut off reservations for "fancy f---ker"/ex-Vogue editor Graydon Carter? Politicos and journos, get ready.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to add a quotation from McNally's new Instagram post about Bezos and Sánchez.


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