Doug Quinn Closes In on Hudson Malone; Starbucks Bans Butts

• Thirteen-year-old Arvind Mahankali spelled knaidel correctly and won some cash yesterday at the Scripps Spelling Bee. Now Katz’s wants to remind you to eat some, and someone on eBay is using Mahankali’s likeness to sell a recipe. [Grub Street]

• Starbucks will ban smoking outside of its 7,000 company-owned stores on June 1. The new rule prohibits all smoking within 25 feet of the coffee shop, but if someone lights up on a piece of private property that just so happens to be five feet from the Starbucks in question, the chain really can’t do anything about that. [LAT]

• Starting Monday, June 3, Manzanilla will be hosting a weekly summer wine event, giving diners the option to pair their choice of wine with the modern cuisine of chef Dani Garcia. While sampling the unique Spanish wines and sherry at Manzanilla, guests are also encouraged to bring their own wine. Reservations can be made by e-mailing Mondays@ManzanillaNYC.com. [Grub Street]

• Laura Maniec’s Corkbuzz Wine Studio will be buzzing with activity this June. Maniec will be leading classes like ‘BBQ pairings,’ ‘Great Wines from New York State,’ and ‘All-American Cheese & Wine Pairings,’ while chef Hayan Yi will be crafting a themed menu to celebrate the Summer of Riesling. Corkbuzz has also extended the deadline for this month’s wine club to June 10. [Grub Street]

• On June 4, the Chocolate Factory will present the eighth annual Taste of LIC at the Gantry Plaza State Park. The event will feature 50 restaurants and 100 local businesses. New York City Council member Jimmy Van Bramer and Speaker Quinn will be present at the event, which will also feature performances by rapper Champagne Jerry and Neal Medlyn. Tickets range from $50 to $500. [Grub Street]

• We were only just getting over the closing of Forty Weight Café on Sixth Avenue, and we have another bit of bad news from that part of the neighborhood. Now SweetWolf’s is closing shop, and there is no news on what will be taking over the space. [South Slope News]

• Shane McBride has a new job — check out his recent tweet about menu changes — with his new role as chef de cuisine at Schiller’s. [Eater NY]

• Former P.J. Clarke’s bartender Doug Quinn, who’s a bit of a New York legend (not to mention a gentleman), will open Hudson Malone this fall. It will serve “the best pork chop you’ve ever had in your life.” [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

Doug Quinn Closes In on Hudson Malone; Starbucks Bans Butts