Welcome to Eater's latest feature, Shit People Steal, in which we ask restaurateurs what items in their restaurant have been (or are frequently) stolen.
First up on Shit People Steal, Ellen Kassoff Gray has seen a lot of things walk out the door over the past 12 years that she and her husband Todd Gray have been running Equinox — some bigger than others. And, naturally, thefts are already underway at their newly opened Watershed:
Have many stolen items over last 12 yrs: salt and pepper shakers all the time - stolen condiments that are branded at watershed - multiple artisan steak knives - table flowers - steak knives - truffle mandolins - other people's credit cards - hand soap, toilet paper, and the ultimate - drum roll - a Mercedes 500 S series sedan during a private party - and too many candles, silver and napkins to count - plants and pens - so it goes!
Wait, what was that about a Mercedes 500 S series sedan? That theft happened about six or seven years ago, Kassoff Gray explains:
We don't know if it was a customer or not. A customer had their car stolen when we were having a private party. They left it out front for the valet to take it. I guess the valet was parking another car. ... We never really found out who it is, never found the car, nothing. It was crazy. But everything gets stolen at restaurants. That was the most odd one.
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Equinox [Photo: Yelp]