Black is the new black. The West End Whingers are in full mourning garb at the sad news of the demise of Vincent Sardi Jr at the tender age of just 91.
Sardi Jr was, of course, owner of the famous New York restaurant Sardi’s which – like many Broadway movers and shakers – Phil and Andrew loved to frequent whenever they were in town until their stalker Liliane Montevecchi went and spoiled it all by bribing the waiters to put her on the table next to theirs whenever they dropped in for lunch.
Immortalised in the Steve & Eydie hit This Could be the Start of Something Big (“You’re up in an aeroplane, or dining at Sardi’s…”), the restaurant is as much a part of the Broadway legend as, well, Broadway.
How long the mourning ritual will be observed is as yet uncertain as Phil is finding it very difficult to drink through his veil.
See Vincent Sardi’s obituary in the New York Times.