Gay Waiter Literally Has It Shoved in His Face; Falai to Open More Casual Restaurant

Jean Georges waiter claims to have been abused by the restaurants homophobic staff including a forced after-hours lap dance. We might have expected this at Mercer Kitchen, but [Newsday]

The Times considers the banana-cream pie as a Zeitgeist item, concludes that it unites the diverse population of Los Angeles. Also, its funny when people throw them. [NYT]

Iacopo Falai set to open Caffe Falai, a more casual version of his restaurant later this week. Get there while it's still BYOB. [The Strong Buzz]

New York has better bars and restaurants than London, says English op-ed. And theyre just figuring this out now? [Telegraph]

Chinatown is the place to go for cheap, high-quality vegetables. Also, we would add, for cheap, high-quality fish, turtles, dumplings [WNYC]

Cook and cashier brutally shot at Brooklyns Happy House Chinese restaurant. [NY1]

Whether to add other brands to your core business, or shed them: McDonald's versus Red Lobster. True inside-baseball, but interesting. [Foodservice Blog]