Jean-Georges Wants to Create an Haute McDonald’s; Katie Lee Joel Finds a Permanent Home for Her Patty Melts


• Melissa Murphy is considering opening a third branch of Sweet Melissa in the old Busy Chef space on Henry Street, where manager Dan Kaufman allegedly embezzled thousands of dollars from customers’ credit cards. [Brooklyn Paper]

• It’s been a good week for Alain Ducasse. Not only are he and his wife new parents, but he’s been immortalized in a wax sculpture in Paris’s Musée Grévin. [NYP]

• In their inaugural column for The Atlantic Monthly’s new food channel, Tim and Nina Zagat explain that no matter how tough times get, people will never stop eating out. [Food/Atlantic]

• A recent study found that teens whose high schools are located a tenth of a mile or less from a fast-food restaurant are far more likely to be obese than those with schools farther away. [LAT]

• More espresso roasters are using some Robusta beans, which have been traditionally maligned, in their blends to give the coffee an extra kick from the Robusta’s abundance of caffeine. [Times Topics/NYT]

• Jean-Georges Vongerichten wants to use his company, Culinary Concepts, to create an haute cuisine chain with the market presence of McDonald’s. [Fortune]

• Katie Lee Joel is rumored to be opening Logan County, a restaurant featuring the patty melt for which she won last year’s New York Burger Bash, in the financial district later this year. [Feedbag]