Laurent Tourondel's Recipes Feed South Pole Residents; Greek Diner Ownership Declines

• Laurent Tourondel may not be working on a restaurant in Trump Soho, but he keeps himself busy with tasks like advising cooks at the South Pole on how to replicate his recipes. [WSJ]

• Saturday’s East Side crane accident leveled Irish tavern Fubar, which fortunately was not open at the time. [NYP]

• The owner of Stage Deli, which was shut down for health violations including “a severe vermin infestation,” claims the problems are limited only to the basement level, but last time we checked, rats aren’t really afraid of infesting restaurants at street level. [NYT]

• Greek-owned diners are slowly changing hands since no one in their families wants to stay in the business. Does this mean there will be less Feta on the menu? [NYT]

• Dine-In Brooklyn, the borough’s own version of Restaurant Week, starts a week from today and offers three-course meals at participating venues for $23. [Zagat Buzz]

• James Beard’s recipes may not be the most delicious, but we can’t hold that against him. After all, he did help turn cooking into a national pastime, so he can be forgiven for his “Mystery Cake” recipe, which calls for canned tomato soup. [NYT]