A Hamptons restaurateur decided revenge is a dish best served hot when he torched a table once frequented by convicted pedophile and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein.
Zach Erdem, the owner of 75 Main, a chic spot in Southampton, made his thoughts on the disgraced duo clear when he recently destroyed the table in front of his staff to the sound of cheering and jubilation.
“When I thought about it, like Jeffrey Epstein used to sit at this table, all I could think was I need to burn this f****** table and make sure nothing is going to stain my restaurant,” Erdem told CNN.
Epstein and Weinstein’s crimes have been front and center during the #MeToo movement, where survivors of sexual harassment and assault have been emboldened to increasingly come forward in recent years.
Epstein, a powerful figure in the world of finance and registered sex offender, allegedly sex trafficked and abused dozens of girls who were minors over the years. He died by apparent suicide Aug. 10. in his Manhattan federal jail cell following an earlier attempted suicide.
Weinstein was a film producer whose world came tumbling down when about 100 women alleged that Weinstein sexually abused or raped them. In March, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison after a Manhattan jury convicted him of rape and criminal sexual act.
Erdem set fire to the table where the two sex offenders ate to make it clear where the restaurant owner stands on the issue of powerful men abusing their influence to manipulate women.
“People who abuse women are not welcome here,” Erdem said.
Related Story: Long Island Native Tapped To Handle Epstein’s Will