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Sam Mason Needs More Money; Hawaiian Tropic Zone Looking for Studly Men With Personality

In an effort to change its image as an “upscale Hooters,” Hawaiian Tropic Zone is hiring a beefy male staff "with personality." [NYDN]

Does Sam Mason need a new financial backer to open Tailor? Those delays cost major cash. [Down by the Hipster]

China has formed a cabinet-level committee to monitor food safety but still calls the national coverage of tainted exports “viciously sensationalized.” [NYT]

Andrea Strong finds that Justin “Sexy Back Ribs” Timberlake’s Southern Hospitality has actually “got some legs” after all. [NYP]

Bruni mulls over his favorite steakhouses and concludes that Craftsteak and Strip House may not “prize or champion the kind of sizzling uber-char that places like Peter Luger and Wolfgang’s go for.” Also, “dishes that don’t involve beef are often every bit as good as — or better than — those that do.” [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

Unfortunate neighborhood name alert: wheatpacking district. That’s Union Square, for its greenmarket, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, etc. We will continue to call it Union Square. [NYT]

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