“Outcry Scuttles Plan to Put Horse on Menu at M. Wells Dinette” says the headline of a report filed by LIZ ROBBINS for the Diner’s Journal of the New York Times.
According to a statement issued Thursday by husband and wife chefs Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis horse meat is off the menu at their recently opened diner situated at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens, New York, and “not likely to return.”
The New York Times‘ Robbins reports:
M. Wells Dinette, the highly anticipated reincarnation inside MoMA PS1 of a celebrated Queens restaurant, has been open for only five days, but its chef and owners have already removed a controversial item planned for the menu.
The restaurant’s chef and co-owner, Hugue Dufour, said Thursday that he would not serve horse meat tartare, in response to outrage from animal rights advocates and concern about legal ramifications from health officials.
“Horse meat is off the menu at the Dinette, and it is not likely to return,” the restaurant said, beginning a passionate statement that Mr. Dufour; his wife and partner, Sarah Obraitis; and their lawyer and co-owner, Adam Cohn, drafted after a busy lunch service on Thursday. “We took it off because it upset so many people, which truly surprised us. That is not the effect we look for in our food, so away it goes.”
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Featured image of M. Wells dishes from DNAinfo and not filed with source report.