Chodorow and Valenti Scope UWS Hotel; Ramsay’s Culinary Reputation Waning

Jeffrey Chodorow and Ouest chef Tom Valenti may both open restaurants in the boutique hotel On the Ave at Broadway near 76th Street. [NYP]

Has Gordon Ramsay spread himself too thin? Harden’s annual guide has dethroned Ramsey’s eponymous flagship as its pick for highest overall rating in food, service and ambience. [The Guardian]

Lower East Side neighbors were duped by the Box — they believed it was to be a “cultural institution.” Well, sort of depends on your definition of “culture.” [NYDN]

Vendy Awards may lead to commercial success; last year’s winner, Samiul Haque Noor of Sammy’s Halal, has expanded his single cart to an empire of four. [NYDN]

Danyelle Freeman’s second review is out, and she’s picked another restaurant in its opening stages that has yet to receive a formal review, but this time Centro Vinoteca comes out unscathed. [NYDN]

Restaurant owners who invested in the Columbia Street Waterfront District are struggling in the face of ongoing construction and waning buzz over the area. [NYT]

Who knew? Hooter’s waitresses get tipped 45 percent, on average. [Food Writer’s Diary/Nation’s Restaurant News]