Fake news! President Donald Trump’s recent comments about the 21 Club are rubbish, according to Marshall Cogan, who owned the posh Midtown hangout from 1985 to 1995.
NBC News recently reported that during a meeting with advisors, Trump compared the U.S.’s Afghanistan war policy to a renovation that occurred at the 21 Club 30 years ago.
“Officials said Trump kept stressing the idea that lousy advice cost the owner [of the 21 Club] a year of lost business and that talking to the restaurant’s waiters instead might have yielded a better result,” NBC reports. “He also said the tendency is to assume if someone isn’t a three-star general he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and that in his own experience in business talking to low-ranking workers has gotten him better outcomes.”
The reference is apparently to when the 21 Club closed for two months back in 1987. Cogan allegedly hired a pricy consultant who delivered only the superficial advice of updating the kitchen.
“I have no idea what was in his head. I never have,” Cogan told the New York Post. “There was no consultant. We had [architectural firm] Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.”
“Once again, Trump exaggerated another story.” Ken Aretsky, the restaurant’s CEO from 1986 to 1995, added.
Aretsky claims they never hired a consultant and that the renovation in 1987 took less than six months.
Trump celebrated his victory at 21 after the election, but that doesn’t mean the former owners think he is hot stuff.
“I think [Trump] has a psychological problem that only a therapist can define for you. I can’t,” Cogan said. [NYP]