• A few new restaurants scheduled open this week or next. [Gothamist]
• Expansions du jour: Michael Psilakis (Anthos, Kefi, Gus & Gabriel) may or may not be looking to launch a Greek food-truck. And Michael Huynh (Bar Bao, Baoguettes) is planning to open O Bao Noodles & Grill on East 53rd St. this fall.
• Bars and restaurants often continue to operate after they file for bankruptcy. That doesn't appear to be the case with Merkato 55, though. [Eater]
• Oprah's diet was destroyed during a visit to NYC last weekend. Of course, potato skins at Planet Hollywood and dessert at Serendipity 3 will do that. [P6]

• McDonald's reports that sales are up thanks to its new coffee drinks. [NYP]
• Brooklyn Brewery is experimenting with bacon beer. Sounds delish. [NYT]
• A peek around Der Schwarze Kölner, Fort Greene's first beer garden. [Eater]
• Steve Lewis pays a visit to the Lebanese eatery, Ilili. [BlackBook]
Julie & Julia has turned Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking into a bestseller again, nearly 50 years after it was first published. [Crain's
• Interested in another photo of outgoing Times dining critic Frank Bruni, who's spent the last five years running away from cameras? Here ya go. [Eater]