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Anne Burrell Is Riding High; Jean-Georges's Foot Problem

Centro Vinoteca chef Anne Burrell’s inspirations? Why, only the people she’s worked for, including Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali. [NYDN]

Crowds gathered at Cafe La Fortuna, the small 71st Street storefront once patronized by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, for its last day. [Lost City]

Bobby Flay has a new TV show, and you can have a small part of it. [Eater]

Blogger Abbe Diaz, who formerly worked as a maître d’ for Jean-Georges Vongerichten, says the chef’s problem is ignoring issues in his restaurants, like the restaurant exec who would demand foot massages from the floor manager in full view of diners. [NYDN]
Related: Ungrammatical Forum Poster Tossed From Jean Georges, Gets Revenge in Ungrammatical Forum Post

When he’s not overlooking inappropriate touching in his restaurants, Vongerichten is focusing on his quest for global domination, with outposts of Spice Market planned for Atlanta, Istanbul, and Doha, Qatar. [Snack]

Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co., the California company whose beef was the target of a serious recall last weekend, is on the verge of financial collapse. [WSJ]

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