Oak Room Gets New Operators; Illegal Fish Trade Grows

Night Sky Holdings, which formerly operated Windows on the World at the World Trade Center as well as the Rainbow Room, has signed a contract to run the Oak Room and the Oak Bar at the Plaza Hotel. Also, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s former sous-chef Didier Virot will be helming the kitchen at the hotel’s other eatery, the Palm Court. [NYP]

Sushi chef Hiroshi Nakahara has left New York’s BondSt to run the kitchen at a new outpost in Beverly Hills. [PR Newswire]

Chipotle will be serving 200 million meals using naturally raised meat this year, a 40 percent increase from 2007. [The Grinder/Chow]

Food 911 star Tyler Florence will be opening his first restaurant in San Francisco this summer, and “it is highly anticipated to shake up the San Francisco gastronomic scene.” [Eater SF]

Fish-loving Europeans have made the treats of the sea the most traded animal commodity on the planet, and their appetite is fueling an illegal trade to the tune of $1.6 billion a year. [NYT]

According to a very small study conducted in California, a person’s enjoyment of a wine has more to do with its price tag than its flavor. [NYP]

Oak Room Gets New Operators; Illegal Fish Trade Grows