Power-Lunch is Picking Up. Like It’s 1989!

Dana Brown goes in search of the long-lost media power lunch—and finds it’s alive and well at Michael’s, a Manhattan restaurant that still feels exactly like it did 30 years ago

Michael’s is a restaurant frozen in time. The sole survivor of Manhattan’s big three media-power-lunch spots.

Dana Brown in Air Mail: Progress requires sacrifice. As a result, the forward march of technological innovation has left many casualties: landlines, video stores, paper maps, civil discourse, facts. Words and phrases have become acronyms, and emojis have replaced emotions. Doing something “in real life” has become such a novelty, a remarkable event, that we had to create an acronym for it. WTF?

Then along came the coronavirus. Suddenly, it became almost impossible to do anything IRL. The pandemic is now over (I think). But in just a few years it killed almost three million people worldwide. It also killed a number of social constructs and customs. One of those things is the power lunch. More here.

Bloomberg writes: In 1979, Esquire coined the term “power lunch” to describe the congregation of high-net-worth individuals for a meal at the now defunct Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram Building on Park Avenue. The pandemic brought those meals to a screeching halt. Now, up and down the city, business meals are picking back up. More here.