Shire, Scampo mark 10th anniversary

Lydia Shire.
Lydia Shire.(Globe photo/file)

Beacon Hill’s bon vivants and industry insiders swarmed Scampo for the restaurant’s 10th anniversary Monday. Commanding the first floor of the Liberty Hotel’s award-winning space was owner and chef Lydia Shire with investors Patrick Lyons and Ed Sparks.

“I want everyone to do very naughty things — it’s all on Patrick Lyons’ tab,” Shire told the crowd, who noshed on handheld lamb chops and a magically refreshing raw bar. Restaurateurs Ming Tsai, Chris Schlesinger, Brian Poe, Eric Aulenbach, and Jasper White, Shire’s longtime collaborator, mingled alongside former secretary of state John Kerry, fashion designers Tonya Mezrich and Thom Solo, and hotelier Robin Brown. Also in the mix: The Bull 101.7 DJ Colton Bradford, salon magnate Mario Russo, and Phantom Gourmet’s Dave Andelman.


Shire also shouted out Liberty Hotel developer Richard L. Friedman: “You believed in me,” she said, extending her hands to her “beautiful, wonderful restaurant.”

“I’m allowed to brag after 10 years,” she added with a laugh. Lyons also grabbed the mic for a quick word of congrats to the James Beard winner herself, noting, “For three or four decades — no one has been kicking ass like Lydia.”

Scampo opened doors in 2008 and is currently helmed by executive chef Simon Restrepo and Alex Pineda, Shire’s son.