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Schnabel-Designed Room Comes to Old Homestead; Franklin Becker in at Abe & Arthur’s

• Rumor has it that Old Homestead Steakhouse will soon unveil a new private dining room designed by Julian Schnabel. [Feed/TONY]

• Franklin Becker, late of Sheridan Square, has signed on as chef of Abe & Arthur's, the new restaurant slated to open in the former Lotus space. [Feedbag]

• The former owner of Niman Ranch refuses to eat the company's products because of what he sees as a destruction of the brand. [SF Gate via Eater]

• Before a dinner for the nation's governors last night, Michelle Obama invited top students from a Maryland culinary school to tour the White House kitchen, giving a plug for locavorism in the process. [NYT]

• The Economic Development Corporation is reviewing the way vendors get space at the Essex Street Market. [NYT]

Payard Patisserie & Bistro has reopened after being temporarily closed by the Department of Health last week. [Diner's Journal/NYT]

• McDonald's isn't worried about Starbucks eating into their breakfast market share. [WSJ]

• The razing of a beloved ice-cream shop in Bellerose, Queens has exposed the neighborhood's ethnic tensions. [NYT]

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