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Gatekeepers Across the Eater Universe, August 2012

This is The Gatekeepers, in which Eater roams the city meeting the fine ladies and gentlemen that stand between you and some of the restaurant world's hottest tables.

Natalie Obeso, Ox, Portland. [Photo: Dina Avila], Andrew Friedman, Liberty Bar, Seattle. [Photo: S. Pratt], David Lee, Namu Gaji, San Francisco. [Photo: Alanna Hale], Brad Brown, SW Steakhouse, Las Vegas. [Photo: Chelsea McManus]

· San Francisco: Namu Gaji's David Lee On The Mission Scene
· Portland: Ox's GM on the Spot's Two-Hour Waits, Campfire Scents
· Seattle: Liberty's Andrew Friedman Uses Unflappable Amiability
· Las Vegas: SW Steakhouse's Brad Brown on Offers of Cash for Tables

· Denver: Bryan Dayton and The Rebirth of Oak at Fourteenth
· Chicago: Ben Fasman and Laurent Lebec Talk About Big Star
· Austin: CK Chin at Swift's Attic Talks Celebrity Wrangling, Weekend "Madness" and Having Fun While Fine Dining
· Houston: Linda Salinas of Haven
· New Orleans: Chris Cuddihee, General Manager at Maurepas Foods
· Miami: Daniel Zink of 1500° at Eden Roc
· Atlanta: Meet Chewie, the Bouncer at Ormsby's
· Washington, DC: 1789 GM Dan Harding on Relaxing Dress Codes and VIPs
· Philadelphia: Kate Jacoby of Vedge
· New York: Il Buco Alimentari's Donna Lennard on Life After 3 Stars

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