The Box Back in Action; Smith & Wollensky Sold at Last

The Box is back in action and even hosted a corporate event last night for Virgin America airline, clearly meant to bring the venue one step closer to becoming a "cultural institution." [Down by the Hipster]

The $94.7 million sale of New York–based Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, which includes Quality Meats and Park Avenue Summer, to the national corporation Patina has been finalized, but there's still no word on a timetable for Park Avenue's fall makeover. [Nation's Restaurant News]
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Is Top Chef’s Brian into threesomes? Of the kind less celebrated in popular culture? [Amuse Biatch]

Pinkberry pumps hollow servings, but what about the competition? Tell us center status of your favorite fro-yo fix. [Eat for Victory/VV]
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“At least a dozen new cocktails have cropped up in the last few years in honor of the Iraq War, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the grinding, open-ended ‘war on terror’” including the Osama Bin Laden shot at Trump’s World Tower. [Newsweek via The Grinder/Chow]

The blogger fond of Forlini’s, which the Post’s Steve Cuozzo said "calls itself ‘northern Italian,’ by which they must mean north Bronx Italian" in yesterday's screed against Little Italy rebuffs the Italian-American critic. [Lost City]

Senior citizens in northern New York retirement centers are fighting to get back free access to donated doughnuts, having been cut off by the director of the Putnam County Office for the Aging. The bureaucrat claims to have walked in to find "people gorging themselves on an enormous pile of baked goods" including a "diabetic who said he’d had four jelly doughnuts.” A jelly doughnut? In your locker? Drop and give me twenty! [NYT]

California’s Metz Fresh has recalled bags of salmonella-tainted spinach that were distributed across the 48 contiguous states. [NYT]

Lotus owner David Rabin was too busy working on Double Seven and his other projects to attend his own weekly poker game. [NYP]
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