Tag Archives: Drama

Rockaway’s Pizza Nazi Gets the Boot for ‘Vulgar’ Behavior

Source: Grub Street NY

The saga of the Pizza Nazi continues. On Monday, Rockaway chef Whitney Aycock was kicked out of the Riis Park storefront where he ran Slice o’ Whit for being the offensive individual he is well-known to be. A slew of complaints prompted the National Park Service to evict Aycock …

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Rockaway’s Pizza Nazi Gets the Boot for ‘Vulgar’ Behavior

Source: Grub Street NY

The saga of the Pizza Nazi continues. On Monday, Rockaway chef Whitney Aycock was kicked out of the Riis Park storefront where he ran Slice o’ Whit for being the offensive individual he is well-known to be. A slew of complaints prompted the National Park Service to evict Aycock …

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Acclaimed Sushi Chef Eiji Ichimura Is Suing His Partner

Source: Grub Street NY

This spring, Eiji Ichimura stepped away from Brushstroke to open an eponymous omakase restaurant and partner with one of his most loyal customers — Idan Elkon, who had eaten at Brushstroke over 200 times. They seemed poised for success, charging $300 per tasting and $1,650 for a bottle …

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That Fugitive Vegan Restaurateur Is Headed to Prison

Source: Grub Street NY

Pure Food and Wine owner Sarma Melngailis’s legal battles began over two years ago, when her staff walked out of the 11-year-old, wildly popular raw-vegan restaurant over a labor dispute. She went AWOL not once, but twice, on her employees and purveyors, …

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By CHLOE and Founder Chloe Coscarelli Have Broken Up

Source: Grub Street NY

Since Food Network star Chloe Coscarelli and ESquared Hospitality’s Samantha Wasser founded by CHLOE two years ago, their vegan fast-casual concept has become so popular that there are now five locations in New York, one in Boston, and one in Los Angeles — with …

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Celeb Chef Marc Murphy Is Suing Major Food Group Over the Name of Its Four Seasons Revamp

Source: Grub Street NY

Developer Aby Rosen and the Major Food Group had to play it safe in revamping the landmarked space formerly home to The Four Seasons. They probably weren’t expecting a fight over a name, though. But, the New York Post reports, that’s what they’ve gotten with the …

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The Washington Post Will Cancel Its Annual Peeps Contest

Source: Grub Street NY

Even in these complicated political times, there are certain cherished traditions that are fundamental to life in Washington, D.C. The cherry trees blossoming in the spring, perhaps, or the Washington Post‘s annual Peeps contest, wherein readers submit dioramas that feature the technicolor marshmallow candy.

Alas, today, the …

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Mast Brothers Say ‘Basic Facts’ Were Lost During Chocolate-Melting Scandal

Source: Grub Street NY

Back in December 2015, chocolatiers the Mast Brothers came under foodie fire when a Texas blogger accused them of the high crime of remelting and repackaging industrial chocolate. Allegations laid out in a four-part blog series sent the internet into full (re-)meltdown mode, and the company responded somewhat …

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Now Yelpers Are Trashing Trump Grill Following Vanity Fair Spat

Source: Grub Street NY

Donald Trump threw a temper tantrum over a Vanity Fair thrashing of his restaurant Trump Grill, which suggested it could be the worst restaurant in the country, and now the Yelpers have come for him. The restaurant lost a star from its rating overnight, and Yelp …

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Everything You Need to Know About Chris Kimball’s Legal Battle With America’s Test Kitchen

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s been an unusually dramatic year for America’s Test Kitchen. The drama started in June, 2015, when its co-founder Christopher Kimball says board member Eliot Wadsworth denied his request for a new contract with a fixed term and increased compensation. At the time, he says, Wadsworth told him “no one …

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Inside Jetro Cash & Carry, the Store Every New York Restaurant Owner Truly Loathes

Source: Grub Street NY

New York’s restaurateurs have to deal with an enormous number of headaches: managing constant staff turnover, comforting overly demanding diners, struggling with rising rents, hoping ConEd doesn’t turn off the gas, and navigating the terrifying shopping experience at Jetro Cash & Carry, a massive restaurant-supply store in Gowanus, …

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Roberta’s Founders Accuse Estranged Partner of Putting Mistress on the Restaurant’s Payroll

Source: Grub Street NY

Roberta’s, the Platonic ideal of a “Brooklyn” restaurant, has been embroiled in serious drama for the last year, with its founders locked in a bitter lawsuit, allegations of wage violations, and evidence of unpaid back taxes. The founders’ legal squabble has

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This Vegan Fugitive Restaurateur’s Story Just Became Even More Insane

Source: Grub Street NY

Sarma Melngailis, the founder of New York’s raw-food vegan restaurant Pure Food & Wine, suffered a dramatic fall from grace when she stiffed her employees, stole from investors, and went on the run with her husband, Anthony Strangis. A Domino’s pizza order, of all things, led …

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What Happened After José Andrés and Geoffrey Zakarian Bailed on Trump’s D.C. Hotel

Source: Grub Street NY

When Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign with racist comments about Mexican immigrants last July, innocent Americans — not realizing what was coming — were outraged. Celebrity chefs José Andrés and Geoffrey Zakarian responded by bailing on their projects in the then-under-way Washington, D.C., hotel that bears Trump’s name.

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Fed-Up Chef Challenges Local Critics to Actually Cook Something for the Public

Source: Grub Street NY

There’s drama at the dinner table up in Canada. A chef from Edmonton, Alberta, has challenged his city’s food critics to show they can not only talk about food — but actually make it, too. The chef, Paul Shufelt, has invited any willing writers to get a taste …

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Animal-Rights Activists Invaded Chez Panisse

Source: Grub Street NY

Chez Panisse owner Alice Waters pioneered a food philosophy that prioritizes local, sustainable, and organic ingredients — and universal access to healthy food — but she still ended up as the target of Berkeley protesters. Ten people from the animal-rights group Direct Action Everywhere stormed her …

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Thomas Keller on the Brutal Per Se Review: ‘It Was Devastating’

Source: Grub Street NY

It looks like Thomas Keller might be kicking off something of a comeback tour: The highly regarded chef gets the profile treatment in the most recent issue of Town & Country and, for the first time, speaks publicly about New York Times critic Pete Wells’s devastating …

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Here’s the Romantic Twist in the Pure Food & Wine Saga

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s been a dramatic fall from grace for Sarma Melngailis, the founder of New York’s now-closed raw-food vegan restaurant Pure Food & Wine. After she stole millions from the restaurant — stiffing her own employees and purveyors — and then totally vanished, Melngailis and her…More »

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Founder of Acclaimed Whiskey Brand WhistlePig Ousted Over Fraud Accusations

Source: Grub Street NY

This is some serious drama.

Here is a story that is essentially the current season of Silicon Valley, but with award-winning rye whiskey standing in for a middle-out compression algorithm: Earlier this month, WhistlePig founder Raj Bhakta was kicked off the board and ousted as operating manager by his board of directors. According to reports, Bhakta claims board members Christopher Evison and Wilco Faessen gave him a mandate: walk off into the sunset with $50 million, or else. He chose the latter. According to Bhakta, they responded by conducting a last-minute vote that he says he was prevented from ...

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Man Kills His Friend Over Restaurant Bill

Source: Grub Street NY

Tragic.

And this is why we have Venmo: The Telegraph reports it’s been a sad, very weird week for Hasan Erdemir, İdris Alakuş, and the three friends who had the misfortune of eating with them on Sunday morning. According to reports, Alakuş and another person met Erdemir and two friends for soup at a restaurant in Istanbul. The soup was apparently consumed without incident, but at a certain point, Alakuş reportedly decided to head out. He requested the bill but was told Erdemir had already taken care of it. As often happens in a situation like this, this caused an ...

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Apparently, People Are Sneaking Rats Into Their Food to Con Restaurants

Source: Grub Street NY


Tarnishing the fictional Eloise’s good name.

Rats have appeared in many food stories in 2015: There’s pizza rat, of course, but the rodents are also to blame for the Health Department shutting down Prosperity Dumpling, and KFC even needed to do a DNA test to prove its chicken wasn’t rat meat. Capitalizing on this burgeoning trend, a French woman “named” Eloise Faux went to tea at the Plaza — because of course — and allegedly snuck rat remains into her sandwich. Faux claims she found the rat in her food, but security footage shows her sneakily sliding ...

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The Mast Brothers Respond to Attacks on Their Chocolate’s Authenticity

Source: Grub Street NY


You really can’t argue with the great packaging, though.

Since brothers Rick and Michael Mast launched Mast Brothers in Brooklyn in 2007, chocolate experts have long debated the reason for the brand’s popularity. Is the chocolate actually high-quality and bean-to-bar, as claimed, or is most of the appeal related to the twee, adorable packaging? Experts have criticized the quality of the chocolate over the years, but now a Dallas-based chocolate blogger who goes by Scott has launched one of the harshest attacks on the company yet, claiming the brothers haven’t always been honest about where their chocolate comes from. ...

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Vaucluse Owner Doubles Down on Times-Critic Tirade

Source: Grub Street NY


It all started with an unenthusiastic one-star review of Vaucluse.

Altamarea Group CEO Ahmass Fakahany is not backing down from his scathing — if not very well-written — attack on Times critic Pete Wells. The letter, a response to Wells’s unenthusiastic one-star review of Altamarea’s latest restaurant, Vaucluse, has generated some backlash of its own, but in an interview with Dealbreaker, Fakahany says he’s happy he published it and that, in a way, he did this for the “many” people in the New York dining world who share his sentiments.

Describing the Vaucluse review as the latest in ...

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Restaurant Owner Hammers Times Critic in New Open Letter

Source: Grub Street NY


Vaucluse, the restaurant that Pete Wells recently awarded one star.

Ah, the well-worn tradition of chefs and owners publicly calling out restaurant critics after not-great reviews. Jeffrey Chodorow once took out an ad calling into question Frank Bruni’s credentials. Keith McNally has practically made a second career of it. And now, in response to a tepid one-star write-up of Vaucluse in the New York Times, Altamarea Group CEO Ahmass Fakahany has published a letter that comes down hard on current critic Pete Wells.

Fakahany writes:

The New York Times Dining review section is at its lowest point, and the ...

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Whole Foods Says It Will Stop Selling Food Made by Prisoners

Source: Grub Street NY


One of the inmates’ low-paying specialties.

Following an angry protest inside a Houston store this weekend, Whole Foods says it will stop selling products made through a controversial prison labor program.

It’s the pretty inevitable fallout of selling a couple of brands of cheese and fish since 2011 that critics argue aren’t produced for fair wages (a big deal for Whole Foods) because they’re part of a unique arrangement with Colorado’s Department of Corrections that sounds uncomfortably similar to Orange Is the New Black‘s sweatshop-y Whispers lingerie business.

One such vendor, Quixotic Farming, puts “locally raised” ...

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