Eavesdrop> Breakfast in Peril: This enormous mirror comes crashing down on the Soho brunch set

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The collapsed mirror at Balthazar restaurant. (@lizeswein / Twitter)

The collapsed mirror at Balthazar restaurant. (@lizeswein / Twitter)

One doesn’t expect to be in danger when noshing on a croissant and sipping some coffee at a swanky Soho Brasserie—maybe a spilt Bloody Mary at worst. But, one morning in February, at Keith McNally’s Balthazar, the preeminent power breakfast spot in Soho, customers got quite the fright when an enormous mirror, mounted to a wall, came crashing down on them.

The incident elicited cries to call 911, according to the Daily News. Arnaud Montebourg, a French Politician and rumored presidential candidate, saved the day by catching the frame. The New York Times also reported that several employees and diners fortunately saw the mirror slowly sliding off the wall, giving everyone enough time to retreat from harm’s way. If a lesson is to be learned, French-inspired brasseries should always have a Frenchman present in case of a crisis.

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