Owner of the legendary restaurant “Le Pavillon” in New York City, it was the most influential French restaurant in America. When his clientele left to The Hamptons for the summers, he realized he should follow.
After years of him pleading, Mrs. Hamlin finally agreed to sell him the property with a single condition: he could never change the name. During the next ten years, The Hedges would enter its Golden Age. With Joseph Kennedy rumored to be his investor, names like Monroe, DiMaggio, and families like the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and DuPonts were often here. Holiday Magazine even named The Hedges “The Best Restaurant in the World” for several years during the mid-1950s.
One story, tells about two wealthy women who arrived for lunch. Soule, knew of them, came out from the kitchen in a messy apron, apologizing for his appearance. He seated them and took their order. The restaurant was empty; to the women things seemed slow. But the meal was memorable, and the wine outstanding. They asked for the check. There was no check. “Mademoiselles, The Hedges does not open for lunch” Soule gracefully explained.