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Cabaret Gentlemens Club Gets Shut Down, Veronica People’s Club Folds

Flatiron: The landlord for Cabaret Gentlemens Club shut the place down after owners couldn't pay rent, girls weren't showing up for work, taxes weren't being paid, and complaints were being made about swindling customers. Looks like you'll have to take your dollar bills elsewhere this weekend. [Grub Street]
Greenpoint: Veronica People's Club, the quirky coffee shop slash gay hot spot at 125 Franklin in Brooklyn — is shutting its doors. The "Last Hurrah" is March 17 starting at 2 p.m. [Flavorpill]
Harlem: Nectar Wine Bar closed Wednesday after a four-year run. It christened the area in wine-centric destinations before running into hard times. Owners will continue to operate the liquor store next door. [Zagat]
Lower East Side: Sons of Essex has rolled out a new brunch cocktail menu, with drinks like the Blood Alley (tequila, tomato juice, and Worcestershire) and the Loisaida (Olde English, apple cider, and lime). [Grub Street]

Meatpacking District: Brasserie Beaumarchais turns one this month and celebrates tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. with a fête d'anniversaire featuring burlesque entertainment and an open bar. Plus, enjoy a $65 prix fixe menu available today through March 8, featuring some of Beaumarchais's signature dishes. [Grub Street]
Midtown: Midtown business owners have launched a campaign to remove food carts and street vendors from the area, reaching out to city officials and asking them to remove licenses. Dan Biederman, who heads the 34th Street Partnership behind the campaign, told DNA Info that vendors are "almost exclusively terrible citizens" and food vendors "are the ugliest collection of miserable-looking vehicles we've ever seen." The organization says some "carts" are okay to stay — like Wafels and Dinges and Fruit-n-Juice. Vendors say the business owners can't handle the real New York. [dnainfo]
Popular Middle Eastern veggie restaurant SoomSoom opened a second outpost yesterday on 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue. [Midtown Lunch]
Times Square: Geoffrey Zakarian will be wrapping up the national weeklong Lunch Break for Schools fund-raiser Friday at The Lambs Club. Proceeds from the special prix fixe menu go toward the Chef & Child Foundation for nutrition education resources. [Grub Street]
Tribeca: Kutscher's Tribeca unrolls its special five-course seder Passover menu April 6 and 7, featuring matzo ball soup, braised brisket (or Friday Night roast chicken) and flourless chocolate cake. Reservations required: Call 212-431-0606; $78 for adults and $48 for kids under 10. [Grub Street]
Mexican sandwich shop and tequila bar at University Place and 12th Street, Tortaria, launches its weekend brunch menu this weekend with torta-centric items like a huevos rancheros torta and chorizo con papas torta. Brunch will continue every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. [Grub Street]
West Village: L'Artusi hosts Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards on March 26 at 7 p.m. for a Producer Dinner. Five wines will be paired with four rustic courses by L'Artusi's Gabe Thompson, like roast Quail, fingerling potatoes, and pancetta, and Orecchiette with sausage and salumi. All-inclusive tickets are $150. [Grub Street]

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