Bridge Café Struggles to Reopen; Casa Nonna Serves Up a Traditional Italian Christmas Eve

• The Bridge Café, believed to be New York’s longest continually operated drinking establishment, has struggled to reopen in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. It faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs, and its 22-person staff has been out of work since the storm. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

• Ex-employees from La Fogata in Bushwick are suing the restaurant for allegedly withholding pay and forcing the waitresses to drink with customers after-hours. As you might guess, the restaurant’s owners deny any wrongdoing. [NYDN]

Casa Nonna is hosting a traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes Christmas Eve dinner on the 24th: They will serve a four-course seafood-driven menu for $49 a person. [Grub Street]

• Burger King is extending their 55th anniversary of the Whopper celebration for another week: Until Sunday, December 16, buy one Whopper and get another for 55 cents. [Grub Street]

• Are more people going to Guy Fieri’s Times Square restaurant after Pete Wells’s brutal takedown? Possibly. Is the food still miserable? Yep. [Businessweek]