John’s Is Back, If Not Better Than Ever; Colors in the Red

John’s reopens, none the worse for wear after their brief run-in with the Health Department. [amNY]

Colors, the cooperative founded by former Windows on the World workers, continues to struggle with the economic realities of opening and running a Manhattan restaurant. [NYT]

Buddha Bar fires their $190,000-a-year spokesman for sitting around playing backgammon with models instead of building up the bar’s global brand. [NYP]

The gastropub is thriving in New York, though no one can say exactly how to define it. [NYDN]

Bruni loves steak and would eat it for his last meal if he had his choice. [VV]

There are rats in the United Nations, but unlike Taco Bell, they don’t have to let Health Department inspectors in. [Nation’s Restaurant News]