DOH Closings Rose in 2009; Who’s Investing in the Lion?

• The Health Department shuttered 1,758 restaurants in 2009 — 27 percent more than in 2008. [NYDN]

The Lion’s list of investors includes media players Dan Abrams and Dave Zinczenko. [NYP]

• Florence Fabricant now writes a dining etiquette column for Diner’s Journal. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

• Recycle your wine corks at Whole Foods. [Slashfood]

• Binge drinking has steadily risen in the United Kingdom over the past several years, and the topic is a major part of this year’s elections. [WSJ]

• The FDA is not inspecting food-manufacturing sites often enough, a new government report finds. [NYDN]

• It’s easy to take classes to learn how to make classic New York treats, like black-and-white cookies and pizza, at home. [NYP]