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Michael Mina Renews Westin Deal, Not Going Anywhere

Union Square: Ever since Michael Mina (the chef) decided to scale back Michael Mina (the restaurant) to five days a week, rumors have been swirling surrounding the four-star flagship. We recently chatted with Mina himself (vital programming note: look for the full interview tomorrow), who basically laid out the situation at his first restaurant for everyone: the restaurant is not closing, people. Yes, the original five-year contract with the historic hotel expired, and negotiations went on for a few months, but Michael Mina was never in danger of closing (moving, perhaps, but not closing). Fortunately for everyone involved, the respective parties have worked out a deal and according to Mina, everything is "100% done, signed and [they] could not be happier." So, Michael Mina is still a fixture at the Westin St. Francis; stay tuned for much more MinaTalk in our Q&A...
· EaterWire: Michael Mina Cutting Hours in '09 [~ESF~]