Bartending School Worse Than You Thought; Chocolate Bar’s Return Uncertain

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• Members of the Genovese crime family are accused of shaking down students at bartending schools. [NYP]

• The Chocolate Bar will not be returning to the West Village as was previously reported. The owner of House of Cards & Curiosities has no plans to vacate the space. [NYO]

• During a recent dinner at Tea & Sympathy, Rupert Everett started rehearsing a scene from the upcoming revival of Blithe Spirit with owner Nicky Perry. [NYP]

• Chef John Doherty is leaving the Waldorf=Astoria after 30 years because "I couldn’t do anything else, they wanted me in the kitchen all the time. I couldn’t do TV." [Diner's Journal/NYT]

• Betting on weight loss is a positive incentive among co-workers and friends. [NYT]