Forge Forges On With New Name; Top Chef’s Leah Gets Promoted

• Faced with a trademark-infringement lawsuit from a Florida restaurateur with a restaurant of the same name, Forge will change its name to Marc Forgione on February 1. [NYO]

Top Chef’s Leah Cohen has been promoted from sous-chef to chef de cuisine at Centro Vinoteca. Make of that what you will. [Feed/TONY]

• A hot-dog vendor has agreed to pay the city over $80,000 more per year in order to place his cart on the north, rather than south, side of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, citing better foot traffic. [NYP]

• Restaurant Week in Manhattan is fast approaching, but Staten Island is ready to top it with Restaurant Month all January. [NYT]

• Squirrel meat is all the rage in the United Kingdom right now. Cheap and local, it just might be the perfect food for the times. [NYT]

• With openings like Harlem’s New Wings City and the sudden proliferation of Atomic Wings, New York is experiencing a wing renaissance. [NYP]

• Dirt Candy chef Amanda Cohen doesn’t usually go to other vegetarian restaurants, but she does like Kate’s Joint. [TONY]

Bloomingdale Road’s Ed Witt plays hard-core music in his kitchen and, he notes, it gets more aggressive as the night goes on. [Metromix]

Forge Forges On With New Name; Top Chef’s Leah Gets Promoted