Scaramucci’s next step?


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After a spectacular flameout on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the Mooch could have a future as a restaurateur


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  • Anthony Scaramucci, ex-White House communications director, addressing a conference hosted by SkyBridge Capital, his hedge fund, at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas in May 2016. Photo: Jdarsie11, via Wikimedia Commons




  • The Hunt & Fish Club, a high-priced steakhouse, party palace and haunt for hedge-funders on West 44th Street, where Anthony Scaramucci holds an ownership stake. Photo: Douglas Feiden




  • Southern Hospitality BBQ, a moderately priced baby-back rib joint on Ninth Avenue that offers the “Bluegrass Boozy Brunch,” where Anthony Scaramucci has a modest investment. Photo: Douglas Feiden



He’s lost Oval Office pop-in privileges. In fact, he’s persona non grata in the West Wing. And his day aboard Air Force One is at an end. But hey, he’ll always have the “Bluegrass Boozy Brunch” on Ninth Avenue.

An epic outburst of vulgarity, unprintable in many family newspapers, got Anthony Scaramucci axed as White House communications director after a stormy 10-day reign dominated by threats to “fire everybody.”

But self-detonation is opportunity. And though his gig in government didn’t exactly work out as advertised, the Mooch may yet have a future in an equally cutthroat arena — the restaurant business in midtown Manhattan.

The Long Island-bred hothead has modest financial interests in a pair of popular eateries, according to the public financial disclosure report he filed on June 23, after President Donald Trump tapped him as senior vice president / chief strategy officer for the Export-Import Bank.

While the holdings are a minuscule fraction of his net worth — which is valued between $62 million and $85 million — they spotlight a largely unexamined side of the Wall Street financier-cum-expletive-spewing government short-termer.

Consider the Hunt & Fish Club, a top-dollar steakhouse and haunt for hedge-funders and other Wall Street princelings that launched in 2015 with a panegyric in the New York Post, which branded it a place where “bigwigs hunt for new deals” — and “beauties trawl for sugar daddies.”

A quote from Scaramucci, apparently dating to the restaurant’s debut, still graces its website: “We were excited to unveil Hunt & Fish Club,” it says. “We believe we have created a central location for people to convene, enjoy classic cuisine, incredible cocktails, and world-class artwork — and hopefully, have an unforgettable experience.”

The Mooch — who savors the veal parmigiana, occupies a corner table and has his name engraved on a plaque — holds a minority interest valued between $100,001 and $250,000, according to a listing of his assets.

He also made a personal loan to the 125 West 44th Street Restaurant LLC, the legal name of the Hunt & Fish Club, with a value between $50,001 and $100,000, according to the disclosure document. The 180-seat, two-floor space is located between Broadway and Sixth Avenue.

What kind of joint is financed by the Mooch’s moolah? In a hyphenated word: high-end.

Dinner can include the 12-gram, $120 tin of Tsar Imperial Ossetra caviar, followed by the 42-ounce, $130 porterhouse for two. Add in $20 and you’ll get some bone marrow on the side. Oh, you wanted mashed potatoes with that? Fork over $14. Brussels sprouts? That’s another $15.

Knock back the Scotch, the 14-year-old Glenfiddich, say, or perhaps the 47-year-old Macallan. Then cap it all off with a creamy dessert, perhaps the $55 “Louie XIII Ice Cream,” or even the $90 “Remy Martin Ice Cream Flight,” and it’s no stretch to bring in a tab for two at $1,000.

“We have been informed not to talk to anyone about Anthony Scaramucci or his dealings with the restaurant, if any,” a staffer explained during a brief phone call.

Similarly, during a brief visit, a manager said, “Please understand, but we’re respectfully declining to answer any questions at this time.”

Scaramucci also has a small stake in SHNY Restaurant Group LLC, valued in the $15,001-to-$50,000 range, his filings show. The company is a partner in Southern Hospitality BBQ, a moderately priced baby-back rib joint at 645 Ninth Avenue, at the corner of West 45th Street.

Culinary options at Southern Hospitality can be a bit whimsical, and branding is not exactly subtle: One section of the menu is dubbed “Southern Bird,” and the offerings in the “Bluegrass Boozy Brunch” feature an “$18 Big as Texas Breakfast Platter.”

Meanwhile, a “Surf & Turf Special” makes a comeback with the $44 slow-smoked, herb-crusted prime rib served au jus, the “King Cut of Steaks,” rounded out with crab cakes,

A Southern Hospitality manager didn’t return a call.

Scaramucci’s big bucks come from SkyBridge Capital, the hedge-fund investing firm he founded, which paid him a $5.1 million salary over a six-month period, according to his filing with the Office of Government Ethics.

Separately, he pulled down $4.9 million from his allocated share of SkyBridge’s net income, and up to $1 million in interest, dividends and capital gains from a company subsidiary.

Oh, and that’s not all: The Mooch made $88,461 as a contributor to Fox Business News. And he listed an “indirect minority ownership interest” in the New York Mets valued at up to $5 million, grossing him another $53,000 in income.




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