Fashion Cafe's debut -- The model eatery is set to open in New York, with actual food on the menu

By Maria Ricapito
December 16, 1994 at 05:00 AM EST

Yes, the Fashion Cafe, scheduled to open next spring in the heart of New York City’s Rockefeller Center, is being financed by cover girls Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, and Elle MacPherson, but don’t think of it as just another tourist pit stop — a runway version of the Hard Rock Cafe. ”This is not a come-and-take-a-picture kind of thing,” says a Cafe spokesman, who claims the cafe will be a serious eatery. But what kind of food will the lanky models want on the menu: the B. Elle T.? Claudia Chiffon pie? Naomi Campbell soup? Says Tommasso Buti, a restaurateur and Cafe partner, ”Each will have her own favorite dish. Models are normal human beings — they eat. And when you are six feet tall, you can eat more.” Another reason to hate them.