Chodorow and Tom Valenti Team Up; Rum Renaissance

Jeffrey Chodorow is opening a restaurant with Tom Valenti right next to his new restaurant with Zak Pelaccio; also, a new Rickshaw will open in the Village. [Eater]
Related: Chodorow and Pelaccio Planning a Malaysian Coffeehouse [Grub Street]

Were in the middle of a rum renaissance, with heavy, thick and funky British varieties and smooth and sugary Spanish-Caribbean ones. [NYDN]

Jay-Zs 40/40 Club defends itself against charges of unfair labor practices: Everyone makes the minimum wage at the club. [NYDN]

Jol Robuchon is knocking out Hong Kong businessmen with the high-powered breakfasts at his latest Atelier. It cant be long before this comes to New York. [Asia Sentinel]

Cultural and linguistic barriers between the U.S. and Japan manifest themselves at Union Square Caf in Tokyo, where the chefs weigh a pinch of salt, and the name of one popular dish translates to Tailgating With Peas and Prostitutes. [Food and Wine]

Cecel Crepe Cafes fusion creations are pretty good, but way expensive given how little food you get. [Eat for Victory/VV]
Related: Restaurant Openings: Bar Stuzzichini, Bodeguita Cubana, and Cecel Crepe Cafe. [NYM]