How a Baruch Student and His Friends Opened a Fake ‘Steak House’

BARUCH COLLEGE–Over 140 guests comprised of New York City’s most elite were lucky enough to finally get a reservation at the highly rated Mehran’s Steak House on the night of Sept. 23. Many of these guests had waited months and almost given up hope of ever having the chance to experience the head chef’s quality steak.  

Two days later, a New York Times article revealed the night was the first and last time anyone could get a seat at the upscale restaurant. That is because the steakhouse was a one-night-only prank entirely run by over 60 kids in their early 20s. 

Mehran Jalali, Riley Walz and Danielle Egan were the three brains behind the elaborate prank that went viral the following week — Walz is an entrepreneurship student at Baruch College and the Macaulay Honors College, currently on leave to work on his tech startup in San Francisco.