Former Le Cirque Chef Dies; Chain-Restaurant Business Up

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• Jean Vergnes, Le Cirque's opening chef, died yesterday at 88. [NYT]

• Business is up at restaurant chains across the nation. [WSJ]

• Is England's L'Enclume the next El Bulli? [Time]

• The po' boy was created to feed striking streetcar workers in 1929. [Salon]

• Gastropubs are on the rise. [NRN]

• Twenty people were recently detained for allegedly smuggling cocaine in in-flight meal containers between the Dutch Antilles and the Netherlands. [News]

• Masaharu Morimoto recently prepared a kosher dinner for the Lubavitch Youth Association. [Page Six/NYP]

• KFC's "Buckets for the Cure" campaign to benefit breast-cancer research has come under fire, with some questioning the appropriateness of a fast-food chain getting involved in a health-based promotion. [NYDN]

• The owner of several midtown Subways plead guilty yesterday to embezzling over $500,000 in sales taxes. [NYP]

• The owners of Michael's are inviting their regulars to the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of their daughter Clancy's movie No Woman, No Cry. [NYP]