Salmonella Costs Industry $100 Mil; Cipriani on the Way Out on Fifth Avenue

Eleven weeks after the initial outbreak of salmonella in tomatoes, the FDA still doesnt know where it started, and the National Restaurant Association says the whole incident has cost the industry at least $100 million. [WSJ]

The beloved West Village lesbian hangout Rubyfruit is closing after fifteen years because of rising rents, and Socialistas Armin Amiri is among the people in talks to take over the space. [NYP]

After a year of litigation, the Cipriani organization has amicably agreed to end its lease at 200 Fifth Avenue next year. [NYP]

An Iron Chef consultant is opening a Japanese-French fusion restaurant downtown. [Crain's]

After an immigration raid on the countrys largest kosher meatpacking plant revealed abusive working conditions, some Jews are now wondering if they need to protect the workers who produce kosher foods. [WSJ]

Fortunately, those floods in the Midwest wont be driving food costs any higher, at least not yet. [NYDN]