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Restaurateur George McKerrow's Indulgences

Austin Holt | June 19, 2018 | People

For George McKerrow, the true luxuries in life are subtle—fixtures that complete him and round out his world. While quality time spent with his family is an opulence without peer, there are some things McKerrow would rather not go without.

1. GIVING BACK “I got to co-chair a Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry this year, which was one of the greatest privileges of my personal life. It’s such a worthy organization, and if I have to say so, I think Pano Karatassos and I did a pretty good job this year. Evander Holyfield and Alton Brown helped out as well, and we raised a bunch of money for the kids.”


2. CHEAT DAY “Now and then, I’ll treat myself to a good old cheeseburger and fries, and I probably don’t have to tell you where I get it. It’s still fun introducing someone to bison; it makes a very flavorful burger, subtly different from beef.”

3. RIGHT STYLE “I keep my fashion pretty simple but well-made. For shoes, I go with Cole Haan, and for suits, I’ve yet to find better than Ermenegildo Zegna. If it’s timeless, low-maintenance and looks good, then I’ll wear it.”


4. DOWN TO AN ART “Have you seen work by Joseph Guay or Todd Murphy yet? They both work in Atlanta. Joseph Guay creates these compelling topical sculptures; Todd Murphy uses light in some really beautiful ways, unlike any photography I’ve seen elsewhere. Atlanta has this incredible arts culture that’s grown so much, so quickly.”


5. THE OLDE WORLD “Paris. One of the most magnificent cities in the world. And it’s hard not to adore Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel. I can’t think of a place that does ‘European grandeur’ more gracefully.”

6. IN VINO VERITAS “As we’ve developed our beverage programs, I’ve come to appreciate different wines I might have missed otherwise. We offer the MacMurray Ranch pinot noir on our menu.”

7. ELECTRIC SOUL “My Tesla Model S (Lenox Square) is an amazing ride. We’ve all got a responsibility to treat this world better, and cutting back on how often you hit the gas pump is a great place to start. And it’s just fun to drive—I’m glad someone brought back the electric car.”

8. OPEN SEA Sailing is one of the most refreshing, liberating activities. Recently I’ve taken to restoring historic yachts; giving these great old boats a new lease on life is way more rewarding than I thought.”


Photography by: Todd Murphy, “untitled (flower dress),” 2010, photo © Todd Murphy; Bison burger photo courtesy of Ted’s Montana Grill