De Marco’s Bartender Shot in Village Gun Rampage; Big-Check Chains on the Rise

DeMarco’s bartender and two NYPD auxiliary officers shot and killed in Village gun rampage. [NYP]

High-end chain restaurants like Smith & Wollensky or Dos Caminos are on the rise, as some recent mergers and acquisitions suggest. [Nation’s Restaurant News]

Joël Robuchon stands behind the counter at L’Atelier this week; Alain Ducasse may not be going to Chicago after all. [Snack]

Time-magazine cafeteria fails health inspection for, among other things, evidence of live mice. [NYP]

In the second video installment of “Jeffrey’s World,” Paul Liebrandt makes pasta for Steingarten. [Serious Eats]
Related: Can Paul Liebrandt Make New York Safe for Molecular Gastronomy?

Chefs hate food coloring, but here’s a surprisingly lengthy and earnest defense of the stuff. [Slate]