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  1. Mediavore
    Consumers Cut Restaurant Spending; a Second Season of Brian BoitanoPlus: the benefits of skim milk, and explosion-defying beer, all in our morning news roundup.
  2. Openings
    Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Replaces VongMidtown will get a new steakhouse.
  3. Closings
    Jean-Georges Vongerichten Will Close Vong After Seventeen YearsThe Thai-French pioneer may reopen at a new location.
  4. Menu Changes
    Vong Dusts Off Original Menu, Parties Like It’s 1992Jean-Georges Vongerichten has returned the menu to its original state, prices and all.
  5. The Other Critics
    Michelin’s Explosive New Red BookMichelin dropped its ratings bomb today, and it’s safe to say that the New York restaurant world is, as usual, reeling. Though not as consequential as a Zagat snub, business-wise, the Michelin ratings are closer to the hearts of top chefs. (French chef Bernard Loiseau was widely believed to have killed himself over a Michelin downgrade.) The book is supposed to be in stores tomorrow (though our local Barnes & Noble says it’s not even at the distributor yet). We do, however, know of some surprises. Messrs. Boulud, Bouley, and Takahama are no doubt having lousy afternoons.