Café Bustelo Goes the PBR Route; After-hours Parties Are Back


• The owners of Café Bustelo want to give the bodega staple the hipster cachet of PBR. [NYT]

• Though it is technically illegal to serve alcohol after 4 a.m., several bars are serving into the morning. [NYP]

• Forthcoming Bowery restaurant Homegrown Kitchen will grow all its vegetables in a rooftop garden. [NYP]

• Despite the economy, new-restaurant applications were up 25 percent in the first quarter of 2009. [Crain’s]

• An East Village doctor has started a health-care co-op for the city’s restaurant workers. [NYT]

• FreshDirect will pay $50,000 for violating city and state anti-idling laws. [NYP]

• Some restaurants are charging for generally free items like water (Bobo) and bread and butter (Co.). [NYP]

• Opinions on Sweetiepie are sharply divided, with some finding it adorable and others finding it cloying. [NYT]

• The Coney Island Totonno’s will finally reopen in early June. [Slice]

• A 6-year-old Long Island child found an unidentified crushed pill in her Burger King macaroni and cheese last week. [WCBS via Gothamist]