Restaurant Market Shrinks; Via Dei Mille Owner Arrested

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• The number of independently owned restaurants in New York City shrank by one percent more in the second quarter of 2009 than in 2008. [NYP]

• Despite there being no actual Max Brenner, Max Brenner was interviewed for an Australian newspaper. [Age via Feedbag]
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• The world's first chocolate made with camel's milk is going global. [Reuters]

• A performer at the Box claims the venue has slashed performer pay and is cutting back on shows altogether. [Down by the Hipster]

• Tens of thousands of people participated in England's the Big Lunch festival by having outdoor lunch parties. [Reuters]

• Via Dei Mille owner Giuseppe Tuosto was arrested yesterday on charges of assaulting his girlfriend. [NYP]