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Gordo Casting Restaurateurs; Thomas Keller Feels for Celebrity Chefs

Gordo’s back on Fox TV for another season of Kitchen Nightmares, and he’s looking for a floundering restaurateur to belittle on national TV. [Eater]

It’s hard out there for a chef, according to Thomas Keller: “No longer are critically-acclaimed chefs allowed — as they might have been even ten years ago — to call it a day after opening a single successful restaurant. Instead, he said, food wizards like him are … expected to pen best-sellers, give lectures, judge reality TV shows and host benefits like the one he gave last night.” [NYO]

The massive, multistory Pop Burger at 14 East 58th Street will start serving baby crab cakes and grilled filet mignon in addition to burger boxes by mid-November. [Strong Buzz]
Related: Massive New Pop Burger Popping Up in Midtown

Bruni didn’t use up all his anecdotes in his rant over restaurant-speak, so to our delight, he has followed up the article in his blog: “For instance, at lunch just the other day, a server asked me … ‘Did you care for another iced tea?’ And I wanted to say: “Yes. After a first iced tea broke my heart, I learned to trust and love again, and I bought a bottle of Snapple, peach-flavored. I cared for it deeply.” [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

Stavros Aktipis of Kellari Taverna will reopen what was Parea as a “green” Greek bistro this Saturday, so prepare yourself to be wowed by innovations like recycled-paper menus. [Restaurant Girl]

The recently opened Mermaid Inn 2.0 and Community Food & Juice from the folks behind Clinton St. Bakery have helped reinvigorate the restaurant scene on the Upper West Side. [TONY]
Related: Clinton Street Baking Co.'s Brunch Comes to Columbia: More Exciting Than Ahmadinejad!

Rumors have resurfaced that Spotted Pig owner and Taavo Somer and William Tigertt of Freemans will collaborate on a new venue in what was once West at 425 West Street. [Eater]

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