ASK ME ANYTHING: GIBRAN BAYDOUN

Gibran joins us as our Maestro and envisions how hospitality should be through a visually descriptive quote by Ernest Hemingway.

Who or what would you most like to see at 1880?

I would like to see ordinary people on ordinary nights stopping by for just one drink that turns into six. Those unexpected nights, in that place and time, that could transform into something truly extraordinary.

You are hosting a dinner party for three. Who would you invite and why?

Fela Kuti for influencing an entire world of music.
Betty White because she is the last golden girl standing.
Dries Van Noten because hopefully he’d bring something in my size.

What experience has had the greatest impact on your life?

Giving the commencement address at my graduation from University of Michigan. GO BLUE!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A cold martini, Marvin Gaye on vinyl, and really, really good lighting.

What is the best compliment you’ve received?

“You’re mad like us.”

Who are your heroes in life?

My mother Robin Collins who always told me to speak up or don’t get fed, and my pastor Carl Lentz from Hillsong NYC because he is good for the soul.

What’s the best line you’ve ever read?

“I went on up the street looking in the windows and happy with the spring evening and the people coming past. I saw people that I knew by sight and others that I knew to speak to. But there were always much nicer-looking people that I did not know that, in the evening with the lights just coming on, were hurrying to some place to drink together, to eat together and then to make love.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Last meal?

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, caesar salad, and Williams Selyem Pinot Noir.

Song that best describes you?

Hustlin’ by Rick Ross.

What’s your raison d’être?

I want to create and leave a legacy. I want to know that my short time on this planet meant something and that I was able to do the best that I could for as many as I could and leave as much of myself on this Earth as possible.

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