It never made money, but was supported by the cookbooks, lectures, and demonstrations.
They took reservations one day a year for the upcoming season. Had two million requests - could serve 8,000 covers a season. Chefs from around the world would come just to work there. Would have up to 42 chefs working in that small place at a time.
Won Best Restaurant in the World in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, before dropping to #2 in 2010.
You know, I saw the Bourdain episode on it, and vaguely remember him saying ‘get here while you can’.
Didn’t get there while I could.:(... did you?