Responds Gauert: "The remarks from Ocean Drive are the first discouraging words, but then again they are competitors."
Wanna buy a piece of hash house history? If you have a million bucks laying around, you can pick up Jack's Hollywood Diner, perhaps Broward County's only vintage stainless steel eatery. (It's the only one we know of, anyway.) Québecois owner Denis Grenier, who bought the 100-seat masterpiece on Federal Highway in Hollywood six years ago for a cool $900,000, says the place was manufactured in 1953 by Mountain View Diners, a New Jersey company that is one of the four bigtime diner producers. The purchase will include not only the diner and its name but a 2200-square-foot building next door. The buyer will be free to change the menu, which now includes both liver and meat loaf meals for $5.25 each, says Grenier. Also included in the purchase: a Stakhanovite 73-year-old chef named Louie. Grenier, a relatively young 63-year-old who says he wants to slow down, says, "Louie's a tough old tiger. He only takes off one day a year."
Get angry about Hugh Rodham. Spew bile over the pardon of Marc Rich. But what really gets our current moving is President Clinton's last-minute pardon of Bill Borders, who was convicted back in the early 1980s of conspiring with then¯ federal judge and now¯U.S. representative from South Florida Alcee Hastings to solicit a $150,000 bribe. Although both men were indicted, only Borders was convicted. Borders, who is now gravely ill, helped Hastings avoid jail time by refusing to testify at his buddy's trial; Hastings went on to win a seat in Congress, where he has remained for more than eight years. (Congress removed him from his judgeship.) Like everybody else involved with the final Clinton morass, by the way, Hastings says he had nothing to do with the pardon.