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  1. dinner and a show
    Tracy Morgan Is Back to Testing New Comedy Material at RestaurantsHe was spotted doing an impromptu show at Old Homestead.
  2. Lawsuits
    Benihana’s Owners Are Stuck in a Hardcore Legal Fight Over a BurgerApparently, it cheapens the brand.
  3. Celebrity Settings
    Taylor Swift Soothes Selena’s Heart at Osteria La Buca; Justin Bieber RekindlesThe week resembled Odysseus and Penelope, only with more chain teppanyaki.
  4. Sin City
    Chef Masa’s Tetsu Replacing Shaboo This August at barMASA in VegasThe legendary Japanese chef plans an ultra-luxurious selection of meat and seafood options at his first teppanyaki concept.
  5. Celebrity Settings
    First Lady Michelle Obama Drags Daughters to Drago; Justin Bieber Takes SelenaThe young celebrity couple also had a picnic in the park with Subway sandwiches and, of course, some sort of official photographer.
  6. Where’s Tracy?
    Teriyaki and TunesTracy Morgan heads back to Benihana, and this time he sings.
  7. Celebrity Settings
    Betty White Flips Off Shocked Driver at Bristol Farms; Tim Tebow Hits TheApparently, the whole dirty senior act is not just for the cameras.
  8. Re-openings
    Benihana Midtown Reopens, Paul McCartney Rocks the VeggiesTracy Morgan wishes he were there.
  9. Celebrity Settings
    Helen Mirren Hits Bäco Mercat; Brangelina Brings Brood to BenihanaMeanwhile, The Roosevelt crowd tries to figure out what Demi Moore was on (and where to get some).
  10. Lawsuits
    Benihana Chainlet Haru in Hot WaterWaiting have filed suit, saying they were not paid overtime.
  11. Lawsuits
    Gerard Butler, Laura Prepon, Mark Ronson, and Steve Aoki Swept Up in RestaurantA star group of L.A. investors is accused of shady practices at Shin Korean BBQ.
  12. Mediavore
    Blogger Sued by Benihana; Letter-Grading Begins for Food TrucksIf a chain could sue a blogger in this country, there’d be a whole lot of them in jail by now.
  13. Mediavore
    Benihana Brouhaha Continues; Nutrition Labels Coming for Raw Meat
  14. Mediavore
    PA’s First Congressional District Is Home to One of the Country’sThe widow of Benihana’s founder is suing the restaurant chain, and meat’s about to get tagged with nutrition labels, all in our morning news roundup.
  15. Historical Cookery
    And Now For a Glimpse Into S.F.’s Food HistorySee our slideshow, culled from the Chron, with photos from a new exhibit on restaurants at the public library.
  16. Slideshow
    Dine on the Deck at Aqua House, the Newest Waterfront Hibachi HutA Benihana chef opens his own place, complete with the requisite fire show.
  17. Mediavore
    Benihana Heirs Up In Arms; Young Japanese Discovering Sake
  18. Trimmings
    The Wall of Restaurant WorshipAd agency Wieden+Kennedy’s floor-to-ceiling lunchtime idea board.
  19. Lawsuits
    RA Sushi Torrance and Benihana Sued by WidowerThe restaurant allegedly sold alcohol to a drunk minor who killed a woman while driving.
  20. Facebook for Foodies
    What Are You Eating Right Now?MunchMad forms for everyone who needs to discuss their meals.
  21. Mediavore
    Jose Andres Awarded; New Record Set in Meatball EatingThe Bazaar chef is awarded for his creativity, while a man eats 29 meatballs in one minute.
  22. Mediavore
    Parents Bake in Protest; Outdoor Dining ReturnsPlus: Diners love healthy food, and Benihana is priceless, all in our morning news roundup.
  23. Mediavore
    Shaw’s Workers Strike; Pringles RecalledPlus: restaurant diners love health, and Benihana refuses a sale, all in our morning news roundup.
  24. Celebrity Settings
    Britney Spears Hits McDonald’s Drive-Through for V-Day; Mayor VillaraigosaValentine’s Day is spent at The Golden Arches for one pop star.
  25. Celebrity Settings
    Dennis Hopper Comes to Life at Joe’s; Ago Meets The FockersGrammy after-parties and birthdays dominated celeb eating this week.
  26. Celebrity Settings
    Justin Timberlake Brings It on Down to BLDA mega-star shows unusually good taste in L.A. restaurants.
  27. Celebrity Settings
    K-Fed Looks Fitter at Casa Vega; Jamie Grubbs Eats at BoaKevin Federline and Jamie Grubbs have celeb clout in L.A.
  28. NewsFeed
    Benihana Founder Rocky Aoki Passes AwayWhat will happen with his family feud?
  29. Openings
    Yet Another Haru Opens, Appropriately on Wall StreetWhether Haru’s reputation as the Dos Caminos of the sushi trade is deserved, the chain keeps growing: This week the latest sushi megastore opens up, with all its ridiculous (and surprisingly good) specialty cocktails intact. This one is in the Beaver Building downtown and will likely mint money as fast as the other Harus. Like its parent, Benihana, Haru has found the perfect formula: good sushi, big menu, big bar, and lively atmosphere. Even though the food is better at Chanto, the dull atmosphere keeps people away (in a bad-for-business cycle). Successful Japanese restaurateurs know that Americans prefer big cocktails to kaiseki or soba noodles. All you have to do is ask Rocky Aoki, if you can find him behind his mountains of yen. *Correction: Haru does not yet have a liquor license. The restaurant’s reps say it should come “any day now.”