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Two Starrs, Another Frederick's, and More Tables at Babbo

The latest comings and goings: Restaurants spawn offshoots, Stephen Starr throws a couple more chips down, and Babbo opens its basement.

Regina Schrambling explains the insanity of our big-box restaurants to Los Angelenos: "Everything about the trend should feel wrong, but somehow it connects in this changing city." [LAT]

Starr "looking to do two more concepts" downtown: tapas and (hold your breath) another Asian. [NYP]

The Flo chart: Dennis Foy, the man behind Mondrian and EQ, comes home to roost at Lo Scalco; Sushi of Gari, Frederick's, Pastrami Queen, and Persepolis relocate or branch out; and more. [NYT]

A profile of Compass's John Fraser, just named a "chef to watch" by Esquire. [NYDN]

Da Bronx snubbed by Zagat? [NYDN]

Babbo now lets you dine in the wine cellar. [Eater]

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