According to reports, esteemed restaurateur Barbara “B” Smith, who was reported missing, has been found in New York City. The former model has Alzheimer’s and was reported missing today after being last seen in Southampton, Long Island, on Tuesday.
Her husband, business partner, and primary caregiver Dan Gasby made the report when he hadn’t heard from her and she was not at their Sag Harbor home. ABC reports that Smith’s daughter reunited with her after someone recognized her at a coffee house and called to tell her whereabouts. She was near her previous Manhattan apartment.
Smith, 65, went public earlier this year with facing medical challenges related to Alzheimer’s after dealing with memory loss and confusion.
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The restauranteur was a fashion pioneer in the early ’80s, and opened a restaurant on New York’s city’s Restaurant Row, B. Smith’s, followed by openings in cities like Sag Harbor and Washington, D.C. She is also author of cookbooks including B. Smith’s Entertaining and Cooking for Friends (Artisan Press), B. Smith: Rituals and Celebration (Random House), hosted her own TV show, worked with brands including McCormick, Verizon, and Betty Crocker and had her own signature Olive oil. Branded as the “Black Martha Stewart,” she debuted her line of bedding, tabletop and bath products in Bed Bath & Beyond in 2001.
Sag Harbor police are asking the public for help in finding her by calling (631) 725-0058 with any information on her whereabouts.