Best of Boston

1999 Best Clutch Performance

Paul Booras, Fava

A fire at the Needham restaurant destroyed not only the kitchen, but the reservation book—and since chef/owner Booras couldn’t call patrons to cancel, he was determined to honor reservations for the following night. He served from Weber grills on the patio, and a local florist contributed approximately $2,000 worth of flowers. The kicker: He gave away the meals for free since it was a “compromised situation.”