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  1. Closings
    Wildwood Barbecue Closing This WeekendNo more bacon-topped doughnuts.
  2. Appointments
    James Gersten Replaces Stephen Hanson at BR Guest HospitalityThe company’s 25 restaurants generate $150 million annually.
  3. Openings
    Bill’s Bar & Burger Is Opening in Battery Park CityMake mine a double.
  4. Openings
    What to Eat at Strip House Midtown, Opening Next Week Near Bryant ParkIf you like beef and burlesque.
  5. Openings
    Cash Cow: Strip House Opening Midtown Location Next MonthBR Guest begins its expansion.
  6. Closings
    Kibo’s KlosedThe Japanese Grill calls it quits after just eight months.
  7. BR Guest
    Chef Michael Vignola Is Off the Gravy TrainA chef with separation anxiety.
  8. Chef Shuffle
    Steve Hanson Wrangles Chef John Schenk Back to Strip HouseAlso, his bid to buy the restaurant officially closes today.
  9. Community Boards
    Neighbors Still Not Into Strip House Expansion Plans, CB2 Approves ApplicationProvided soon-to-be-owner Steve Hanson agrees to close at 2 a.m.
  10. Openings
    Steve Hanson Teaming Up with Sam DeMarco for Atlantic City ‘Diner’Sammy D’s will be located in Harrah’s Resort.
  11. Expansions
    Steve Hanson’s Strip House Plans: Late-Night Hours, Casual OffshootHanson hopes to keep the steakhouse open until 4 a.m.
  12. Rumor Patrol
    Robuchon Involved in Kibo, Oui or Non?BR Guest to enlist French legend?
  13. Empire Building
    BR Guest Buys Strip House Brand, RestaurantsThe company plans to expand the brand to plenty of other cities.
  14. Openings
    Master Sommelier Laura Maniec Will Open Corkbuzz“An extension of your living room and a place for all things wine.”
  15. Openings
    Steve Hanson Does Not Know Where Brooklyn IsSo he probably won’t be opening a place there.
  16. Slideshow
    Lincoln Centric: First Look at Atlantic Grill, Plus Menu Changes at PicholineTour the newest location of Atlantic Grill and see a few of the dishes.
  17. Openings
    Lincoln Center Program: Lincoln Takes Resys, Atlantic Grill Opens FridayJonathan Benno’s restaurant opens September 24, and the second location of Atlantic Grill opens Friday.
  18. Neighborhood Watch
    A Phallic Festival at Matsuri; Breuckelen Grows a GardenPlus: A midnight fête at Landmarc, and Doma hires a new chef, in our daily roundup of neighborhood food news.
  19. Closings
    Stephen Hanson Will Transform Vento Into Another Dos CaminosThe Italian restaurant that opened with Michael White in the kitchen will close on Sunday.
  20. Presidential Eats
    B.R. Guest Urges You to Vote BloomieLooks like that recent stop into Bill’s Bar and Burger worked out for Bloomberg.
  21. Slideshow
    First Look at Bill’s Bar and Burger, Serving ‘the Best Hamburger inA first look at the space, the menu, and a burger that’s already receiving accolades from critics and chefs.
  22. Openings
    Meatpacking Makeover: Revel and Paradou Upgrade; Abe, Bill ReadyPlus, is a burger battle brewing in the meatpacking district?
  23. Openings
    First Look at Armando’s, Reopening in Brooklyn Heights Next WeekA former Montparnasse chef will helm the new incarnation of the Brooklyn Heights institution.
  24. Openings
    SushiSamba Still Looking at Meatpacking, But Bagatelle Said to Have TakenThe landlord got too greedy for the fusion chain.
  25. Menu Changes
    675 Bar Expands Menu, But We’re Still Stuck on the Ham-Wrapped Hot PocketsFinally, a look at the chocolate-covered bacon on a stick!
  26. Blechtacular
    Two Is a Trend: Questionable Popcorn and Alcohol Mash-UpsWhat would you rather do: eat booze-flavored popcorn, or drink popcorn-flavored booze?
  27. Slideshow
    A Look Inside 675 Bar, Serving Hot Pockets and Bacon on a Stick Next WeekSteven Hanson’s new neighborhood joint in the old Level V — a look at the space and the menus.
  28. Openings
    Level V Space Will Reopen As 675 Bar on May 1Foosball and pickles in the meatpacking!
  29. Recession Is Your Friend
    How to Knock $100 Off Your Le Cirque Meal, Via CraigslistCruise Craigslist and you’ll find gift cards for sale at deep discounts.
  30. Recession Is Your Friend
    Alcoholic ActivismWildwood caves and offers diners booze instead of dessert.
  31. Closings
    Fabio Trabocchi Tells Fellow Chefs to Fear the ReaperThe newly homeless Fiamma chef predicts 40 percent drop-offs in business, more high-profile closings, and less freedom for chefs.
  32. Recession Is Your Friend
    Prepare to Be Hugged by Hurting RestaurantsAlready, the year isn’t looking pretty for restaurants. But diners may end up benefiting.
  33. NewsFeed
    Stephen Hanson Bought 1.5 Million Tomatoes Last YearHe says his B.R. Guest restaurants are recession proof.
  34. NewsFeed
    First Look Inside Wildwood BarbequeB.R. Guest’s new barbecue restaurant opens Thursday, and we’ve got photos.
  35. NewsFeed
    Recession Keeps Stephen Starr Restaurants in the FamilyStephen Starr backs away from plans to divest himself of his eating empire in New York, Philadelphia, and Atlantic City.
  36. Mediavore
    Potential Top Chef Leaves Dos Caminos; Frank Bruni Is a Gym BunnyA Top Chef contestant loses his job, Chinese food makes going to the airport tolerable, and Frank Bruni works out a lot.
  37. NewsFeed
    Fiamma Prices Drop After Bruni PostWhen Frank Bruni decided to confront Fiamma about its price increases, we knew it wouldn’t take long for Team Hanson to get on the problem. Fiamma is the group’s flagship restaurant, and the critical pile-on about high prices and missing ingredients must have stung B.R. Guest. Today, the group announced the inevitable price cuts to tasting menus. Prices are dropping from $92 to $85 for the standard prix fixe menu, and the five-course dinner has been cut to $105 from $120. Fiamma has also reintroduced its full-bore seven-course menu, which will come in at $125.
  38. Beef
    Fiamma Says the Luxe Ingredients Never Went AwayFiamma got a fair amount of heat last week, from Grub Street and other food sites, about a reduced menu. But B.R. Guest — which did not respond to Grub Street’s requests for comments on the menu until yesterday — vehemently disagrees. “No one had updated the Website,” says owner Steve Hanson. “They just got lazy.” We’d hate to be in their shoes now! Fiamma chef Fabio Trabocchi, meanwhile, explains that the confusion also lay in the fact that the Website wasn’t showing his daily specials or updating the tasting menu. “If you came in and ordered here, it’s the same amount of selections; you can choose from any part of the menu. It’s the same amount of dishes, just listed in a different way,” Trabocchi says. And those luxe ingredients we thought were missing from the menu? Not so, says Trabocchi. “We are using foie gras, truffles, Wagyu beef, ossabaw pig, and Grimaud Farm duck.” (The langoustines, which we also mentioned as having gone missing, are out of season, Trabocchi explains.) Unfortunately for Fiamma, even a full menu can’t sate complaining diners like Nick Paumgarten of The New Yorker. Earlier: Fiamma’s Menu a Fraction of Its Former Self
  39. Back of the House
    Women Rule the Wine Cellars of New YorkTwo of this season’s most anticipated restaurants — the three-star Dovetail and Ed Brown’s Eighty One — launched with female sommeliers. Former Daniel sommelier and wineshop owner Jean Luc Le Dû recently remarked to Grub Street that only a few years ago, non-white males in the role were considered an anomaly. Today, only three women (and 21 men) in the United States have the coveted “Master of Wine” designation, awarded to 264 sommeliers throughout the world. But in New York, women helm some of the city’s most respected wine programs, including Gramercy Tavern, the Modern, and the entire B.R. Guest group. We interviewed several of these ladies of the cellar for their ideas on the industry, their experiences on the floor, and picks on retail value bottles. Look for them at restaurants near you. —Alexandra Vallis Slideshow: Women in Wine
  40. Mr. Snitch
    Restaurant Titans Descend on Primehouse for a NightHere’s the thing about restaurateurs: They don’t really care about who has the best ramen in the East Village. They’re not really that interested in where Paul Liebrandt’s restaurant will be, and they find avant-garde desserts about as compelling as algebra. But when Steve Hanson opens a restaurant? That, that is something they’re interested in. The fine art of making money via replicable concept restaurants is one at which Hanson is an acknowledged master, and that helps to explain why the main room at Primehouse last Thursday looked like a who’s who of big-time restaurateurs.
  41. NewsFeed
    Big Lou Elrose Hired as Wildwood Pitmaster When Steve Hanson decided to launch a major barbecue restaurant (as we told you about in August), he didn’t have to look far for a pitmaster. He turned to the most critically acclaimed new barbecue in the city’s history, Hill Country. Big Lou Elrose, ex-cop, ex–competition barbecuer, and now ex–deputy pitmaster at Hill Country, will lead the pit team at Wildwood BBQ when it opens in December. The six-foot-five ex-policeman will also help develop operations for subsequent restaurants. “Lou has a lot of passion,” the B.R. Guest bigwig told us. “And he really knows pork. He’s truly gotten into the culture of barbecue, and he’s going to be one of our main guys.” Elrose, for his part, has a simpler ambition. “I just want to cook good barbecue,” he says. Related: B.R. Guest’s New BBQ: Will Wildwood Succeed?
  42. NewsFeed
    Will Ivy Stark Return to B.R. Guest? We hear from an impeccable source deep inside B.R. Guest that Ivy Stark is returning to Steve Hanson’s corporate embrace, to cook at Dos Caminos. Stark, for her part, only denies half of it. “First of all, I’ve been made an offer but haven’t accepted it,” the Amalia chef says. “It’s not Dos Caminos. It might be some projects with B.R. Guest, but I wouldn’t necessarily be leaving Amalia.”
  43. NewsFeed
    B.R. Guest’s New BBQ: Will Wildwood Succeed?Last month we reported on the possibility of a new B.R. Guest BBQ restaurant on Park Avenue South, and B.R. Guest officially pooh-poohed the idea. But we trust our BBQ world sources, and we have a lot of them, so today, we’ve got the details. The place will in fact be in the old Barça 18 space, as we predicted, and will be called Wildwood BBQ. David Rockwell will do the interior, which will include a 75-foot-long bar and 200 seats. Our take? Though there’s no doubt that B.R. Guest group knows how to run a restaurant, barbecue is not just another “concept,” and corporate restaurants, with their tight financial controls, rarely produce great meat. And it’s an odd place to put it, given that three of the best barbecue restaurants in New York are in the Madison Square Park–Flatiron area, in RUB, Hill Country, and Blue Smoke.
  44. NewsFeed
    B.R. Guest to Hop the Barbecue Gravy Train?Now that barbecue has utterly conquered New York, the coast is clear for even the most conservative of restaurant companies to move in and fire up their pits. Even B.R. Guest, the massive company behind such ultrasafe properties as Dos Caminos, Vento, and Ruby Foo’s has one in the works, we hear from one of our best restaurant-industry sources, a businessman with ties to the group.
  45. Mediavore
    Neroni Leaves Porchetta; City Hates Big Pink CupcakeChef Jason Neroni leaves Porchetta, citing “irreconcilable differences,” and claiming that pastry chef Mandy Brown and “most of the kitchen staff” are leaving with him. We don’t know the details (yet), but this seems pretty harsh: The restaurant gave him absolute creative license, as far as we can tell, for as long as it’s been open. [Eater] Related: Chef’s Desperate Plea: Nominate Me for an Award! [Grub Street] New Yorkers aren’t really spooked by health violations: “If you take the subway, you know what’s down there.” [Diner’s Journal/NYT] The city wants Burgers and Cupcakes to take down its huge, incandescent pink cupcake sign because it’s too close to a hydrant, saying, “This isn’t a campaign against cupcakes.” [NYP]
  46. Back of the House
    Hanson, Now Inside Starwood, to Start Gobbling Other Restaurant GroupsYou didn’t think that Starwood Capital’s 50 percent purchase of B.R. Guest Restaurant Group (a story we broke here, as it happens) was the end of their plans, did you? In business as in evolution, bigness begets bigness, and now word comes, via this week’s issue of Crain’s, that a new group inside Starwood will go on a restaurant-group shopping spree. Hanson is said to already be sending candy and flowers to fellow moguls from coast to coast. But his, and Starwood’s criteria, are very clear: “Any business [Hanson] considers must be a chef-driven operation that owns multiple eateries and brings in revenues of at least $30 million,” the report says. The Craft empire is mentioned in passing as a possible target, and its ruler, Tom Colicchio, says he would listen if Hanson came calling. With the kind of cash Starwood commands, who wouldn’t? Money talks, and independent operations tend to walk. B.R. Guest to acquire other restaurant groups [Crain’s] Earlier: B.R. Guest and Buy Our Restaurant Group Does David Burke Come With That Steakhouse?
  47. Mediavore
    Bloomberg Boasts of Many Health Department Closures; Rachael Ray BittenBloomberg doesn’t want you thinking the Health Department is slacking off. As a matter of fact, they’re boasting of closing places left and right. [NYP] The B.R. Guest sale finally goes through. [NYP] Related: Does David Burke Come With That Steakhouse? [Grub Street] Mars 2112’s landlord is ready to give them the boot for hosting hip-hop parties. [NYS]
  48. Back of the House
    Does David Burke Come With That Steakhouse?B.R. Guest, the mammoth restaurant group behind Dos Caminos, Ruby Foo’s, and a lot of other big-money operations, is installing a steakhouse in the old Park Avenue Country Club space. The question is, will it be a sister to their hugely successful David Burke Primehouse in Chicago, or just another run-of-the-mill meatery? Burke tells us that negotiations are ongoing (the company is currently giving the name as “Prime’s”). But what’s holding up the negotiation?
  49. Back of the House
    B.R. Guest and Buy Our Restaurant GroupWe hear from one of our most reliable sources that a very, very big restaurant deal is about to go through. According to him, the B.R. Guest group, owners of fourteen big Manhattan restaurants including Atlantic Grill, Fiamma, and the Dos Caminos locations, are about to be sold to zillionaire Barry Sternlicht of the Starwood Capital group. B.R. Guest denies it, but apparently, owner Steve Hanson has been looking to unload the group for some time and is already doing business with Sternlicht, a former hotel magnate now wheeling and dealing in private equity and real estate. Looks like we’re about to be somebody else’s guest.
  50. Back of the House
    A Very Special Back of the House: Insider Horror Stories An online forum for wait staff called Kiss My Bitter Ass might not be the most reliable source of restaurant gossip. But this item, currently residing atop its bulletin board, is so horrifying that we had to pass it along. At midtown tourist trap Shelly’s New York, according to the anonymous poster, a friend of the corporate executive chef came in with a woman of ill repute on his arm. “In the first few minutes, we see the chef of our restaurant in the back waiter station cleaning a thermometer.” Where the thermometer had been isn’t a story for a food blog. But even scarier is the story’s aftermath: “Yes, that thermometer went back to the kitchen.”