Boogie Weinglass

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ... ?

December 30, 2006|By Jacques Kelly

Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass, 65, is ready to serve Bill and Hillary Clinton the next time they want a meal at the Aspen, Colo., diner he owns.

The former Merry-Go-Round retail empire honcho -- who was a character in the 1982 Barry Levinson film Diner -- presides over a stylish food and retail business known as Boogie's Diner. It's a must stop for Aspen's numerous celebrity visitors -- and the Clintons have been there several times.

His staff serves about 1,000 patrons daily at the 1950s-style restaurant renowned for hot turkey sandwiches and milkshakes at his up-market shoe and denim departments. The jeans start at about $200.

"I had a little bit of a gambling problem, but I've rejuvenated myself," he said the other day.

"He's a marketing genius," said his friend, Chip Silverman, who lives in Weinglass' former Village of Cross Keys apartment. "He was the quintessential Diner guy. He's a great dancer, a former Buddy Deane TV show committee member. He's also quite a philanthropist."

Weinglass returns to the East once a year. He rents a house near Dewey Beach, Del., and tries the food at restaurants in neighboring Rehoboth.

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