MYSTERIOUS DEATHS

Too many Americans are going to the Dominican Republic for a vacation, and not coming back. In the last 12 months, there have been at least seven deaths (among them, the brother of Shark Tank star, Barbara Corcoran) at the popular Caribbean island that attracts two million Americans every year. Isolated incidents? Just bad luck? Doesn’t look like it. There are just too many similarities in terms of where the deaths of these otherwise healthy travelers occurred (majority at the Bahia Príncipe resorts), and how (looks like they were poisoned, based on the symptoms that have been reported). Toxicology results have yet to be released, and no one’s expecting them for at least another month.

END OF AN ERA?

If you build it, they will come? Not necessarily. The iconic Four Seasons, which for decades was the Go-To spot for powerful people, celebrities, and dignitaries, closed its doors on Tuesday–less than a year after reopening in a new location a few blocks away from the old one. Big name investors including Stephen Schwarzman and Edgar Bronfman Jr. shelled out about $40 million for the reboot, and while the $$$ food was as good as it always had been (if not better), there was just one thing missing: clientele. Some restaurant professionals are convinced it’s because the white-tablecloth, prim-and-proper model is out of favor these days, and that the whole idea of the “power lunch,” a concept closely associated w/the Four Seasons, has lost its meaning in an era where even high-powered professionals eat at their desks. Others blame the bad press the restaurant received in connection to Julian Niccolini, one of the restaurant’s longtime managing partners, who faced allegations of sexual abuse. Regardless, as the establishment struggled to fill seats, investors grew impatient and pulled the plug, ending the restaurant’s 60-year run.

A HISTORIC WIN

Are you back in St. Louis celebrating your big win, Richard? On Wednesday night, the Blues beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 to claim their first Stanley Cup, ending a 52-year wait–the longest in NHL history. We weren’t happy about it (Boston, you’re my home), but nevertheless, it was an impressive win, particularly since the Blues were dead last in the NHL standings at the start of the year. The odds of winning the Cup then were about 250-to-one. #WorstToFirst

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