John Brown Smokehouse Moving; Meatball Shop Headed to Bushwick

• Tickets for Food Network’s annual New York City Wine & Food Festival are officially on sale. The four-day festival, which benefits local hunger-relief programs, will bring together culinary icons for events such as a roast of No Reservations star Anthony Bourdain, a cocktail social with Bethenny Frankel, and a chocolate-making class with Jacques Torres. Buy packages and individual event tickets online. [Grub Street]

• The unstoppable Meatball Shop boys just signed a lease on an 11,500-square-foot space at 192 Seigel Street in Bushwick, not far from Roberta’s. They plan to use it as a commissary and are not yet saying whether they’ll have a restaurant there, but we bet they’ll do something. [Eater NY]

• Apparently Drake and Chris Brown aren’t the only ones fighting at bars. A nearly 100-person brawl broke out at a Maryland restaurant early Sunday morning, during which seven people were injured with gunshot and stab wounds. Police said the incident was the result of an altercation between two women that got severely out of hand. [Gathersburg Patch]

Bubby’s Tribeca will host a celebration Thursday to honor the iconic food writer M.F.K. Fisher, who died this month twenty years ago. Bubby’s owner Ron Silver and Tamar Adler, author of An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace will serve dinner and take part in a panel discussion alongside Ruth Reichl, Amanda Hesser, Merrill Stubbs, and Gerry Marzorati. Tickets are $70. [Grub Street]

• Long Island City barbecue favorite John Brown Smokehouse is relocating to Hunters Point. Owner Josh Bowen explained that the current space is too small for his growing clientele, and the new location on 44th drive will have 70 seats, a beer garden, and live music. [Fork in the Road/VV]

Um Segredo supper club is taking reservations for a series of dinners later this week that will benefit chef David Santos’s sick puppy, Layla. The meals will be served Thursday through Saturday on Roosevelt Island, and will feature items such as rabbit ravioli and lamb meatball ragu. Proceeds from the $75 seats will go toward Layla’s $5,000 medical expenses. Seats are limited; email umsegredo12@gmail.com to reserve. [Grub Street]

• The graffiti-laden storefront at 153 Essex Street will soon be home to Two Bit’s Retro Arcade, providing a new spot for gamers LES bar-crawlers. The opening date isn’t yet known, but signage went up last week. [Bowery Boogie]

• Following the closing of its East Village location last year, Life Café’s three-decade run will end this Saturday when its remaining outpost in Bushwick closes its doors for good. Namesake and owner Kathy Life wrote on the restaurant’s website that she’ll be “taking a break” from the restaurant business and that a new, unrelated venue will open at the Bushwick spot immediately. [Official Site]

John Brown Smokehouse Moving; Meatball Shop Headed to Bushwick