New VIP restaurant charges £80k just to eat pasta from chef who cooked for Putin

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A swanky restaurant is to charge super-rich customers eye-watering fees of up to £80,000 for diners to eat pasta meals.

Luxury eatery Core, which will open inside the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco next year, will boast a strict members-only policy designed to attract the very wealthiest residents of the California city.

Crudo and pasta menus are to be crafted by Michele Brogioni, who has cooked for Barack Obama, Giorgio Armani — and even Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.

As well the super-expensive bites to eat, members of the private club will also be granted access to an extensive wine library and an antiaging salon offering a treatment worth $1,000 (£829).

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Initiation fees will start at $15,000 (£12,000) and go up to a whopping $100,000 (£82,000), with a special discount reserved for "promising young innovators" who will pay just $10,000 (£8,200).

But these will only cover the cost of membership and the price of the food, which will still come out of the customer's pocket.

Bosses at Core hope the luxury offerings will entice the well-off members of the public to pay regular visits, and have even tipped their new venture to spark a “new renaissance of San Francisco” after a difficult few years for The Golden City.

It will form part of the newly redeveloped Transamerica Pyramid, a 48-story futurist skyscraper originally dating from the 1960s.

It is hoped its twenty-first century refurbishment will tempt back rich people to San Francisco following a mass exodus during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Data from the Internal Revenue Service, the US equivalent of the HMRC, showed that the number of people listed on tax returns in the city dropped by 4.5% between 2019 and 2020, according to the San Francisco Chronicle/

Those who left are estimated to have earnt an average of $138,000 (£114,500) per year, meaning billions of dollars could now have left the local economy.


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