Graydon Carter Will Oversee the Design of the New Beatrice Inn · 12/07/11 11:40AM

Last week Grub Street noticed that Graydon Carter, the Vanity Fair editor with a knack for reviving classic New York restaurants, was on the liquor license application for the new restaurant going into the former Beatrice Inn space. His wife Anna Carter confirmed his involvement to Eater this week, and yesterday the Beatrice's principal owner Emil Varda got on the line to share the details.

The Newest Hotspot in NY: Some Dude's Apartment

Ravi Somaiya · 02/23/10 08:04AM

Beatrice Inn and the Jane Hotel were closed by prissy neighbours. Downtown stalwarts like Lit and the Box face constant scrutiny from the city. So the newest hangout for celebrities (not to mention strippers and transsexuals) is a random apartment.

cityfile · 01/11/10 07:11PM

• Roundups of new restaurants opening over the next week. [NYM, TONY]
• Photos: A peek at Wall & Water, which opens later this week in the Andaz Wall Street hotel; and pics of Choptank (formerly Bar Q), opening tonight.
• Rumor has it snooty UES restaurant/club Bruno Jamais has closed. [Eater]
• Beatrice Inn founders Paul Sevigny and Matt Abramcyk are preparing their comeback and gearing up to take on Andre Balazs' Boom Boom Room. [NYP]
• A list of the venues participating in Winter Restaurant Week. [NYCGo]
• P.J. Clarke's is preparing to expand; Vegas and DC are coming soon. [Crain's]
• A visit to all 11 of Danny Meyer's restaurants—in a single day. [WSJ]
• The Pinkberry frozen yogurt empire may be divided in two: The husband and wife who founded the 73-store-strong chain are now divorcing. [TMZ]
• The 10 best restaurants for business meetings in NYC. [BI]
• NYC's salt-loving mayor/scold-in-chief has kicked off a war on salt. [NYT]

cityfile · 12/23/09 06:54PM

Tom Colicchio is closing Craftsteak. He says he plans to reopen the space in the next few weeks with a new menu and new name, Colicchio & Sons. [GS]
• The week in reviews: Sam Sifton of the Times shows some love to La Grenouille, giving the "the last great French restaurant in New York" three stars; Ryan Sutton of Bloomberg isn't blown away by Abe & Arthur's or Tanuki Tavern; and Gael Greene is predictably pleased with Eleven Madison Park.
• The latest Beatrice Inn relaunch rumor: It'll be somewhere in Noho. [P6]
• Chef Anita Lo is writing a cookbook, reopening Annisa in February. [GS]
• Lists: Zagat rounds up the best restaurants of the decade; and the Voice's Robert Sietsema weighs in on the best dining/drinking trends of the Aughts.
• Update from the Hamptons: Both Mezzaluna's and Matto have closed. [GS]
• A waiter at Babbo was the victim of a tragic accident last week. [P6]
• Your stomach really does shrink if you eat less, say scientists. [NYT]

cityfile · 12/21/09 07:01PM

Amy Sacco's Bungalow 8 closed a couple of months ago, but now she says "the grand reopening of the new Bungalow 8" is planned for February. [NYM]
• More on the rumored return of Beatrice Inn, if you're interested. [Gawker]
• Le Pain Quotidien is expanding to Rockefeller Center and Central Park. [NYO]
• Govind Armstrong has left Table 8, but the eatery is still open, FYI. [NYT]
Andre Balazs's Boom Boom Room will host a very special affair on New Year's Eve. For $250-750, guests will get to watch Courtney Love "perform." [Eater]
• A Hamptons real estate broker has filed a lawsuit against Bobby Flay. [N'day]
• If the 2007 Times article about what restaurateur Drew Nieporent does in his spare time at his New Jersey home didn't satisfy your obsession for all things Nieporent, here's pretty much the same info from yesterday's Times. [NYT]

The Beatrice Inn Diaspora

Ravi Somaiya · 12/17/09 07:44AM

In April the Beatrice Inn was cruelly shuttered, casting hundreds of refugees into Manhattan at 2am with just the ironic T-shirts on their backs. As rumors of Paul Sevigny's new place build, we look at where those outcasts are now.

cityfile · 11/05/09 05:10PM

• A preview of what you'll find when Maialino opens next week. [GS]
• In other Danny Meyer news, Shake Shack is expanding to Miami. [GS]
• For his part, Daniel Boulud is taking his Bar Boulud to London. [Bloomberg]
• A roundup of recent restaurant/bar openings around town. [Eater]
• Del Posto is closing its cafe and is introducing a new prix fixe menu. [NYT]
Paul Sevigny may be still be hoping to reopen the Beatrice Inn. [Gawker]
• 100 things restaurant staffers should never do, part 2. [NYT, previously]

'Closed for Renovations' Is the New 'Closed'

cityfile · 10/16/09 02:03PM

Restaurants, bars, and clubs don't just shut down these days. They "close for renovations" for a few weeks or months. Then they announce that they are not, in fact, planning to reopen and they've been shuttered for good. Below: a few recent examples of what is sometimes the result of a series of unexpected events, but is often a face-saving public relations technique.

Eating & Drinking: Monday Edition

cityfile · 08/17/09 03:55PM

• A TGI Friday's and Tim Hortons in Union Square? The Riese Organization, which just acquired the building that once housed Zen Palate, says it will bring the chains to the 'hood if it can't find a higher-paying tenant. Uh oh. [Crain's]
• The Beatrice Inn isn't expected to reopen, but co-owner Paul Sevigny has another venue in the works. He's opening a club/restaurant in SoHo, and this time around it will be located "away from residential areas." [NYT]
• Billy Gilroy (Employees Only, Macao Trading Co.) and photographer Patrick McMullan plan to open East Side Social Club in Midtown in late October. [SB]

Eating & Drinking: Monday Edition

cityfile · 07/27/09 02:47PM

David Burke's chauffeur is accusing the chef of "punching him in the face and slamming a car-trunk hood on his head" after he asked to take time off for his wife's birthday. Burke faces six months in prison if convicted. [NYP]
• Beatrice Inn's chances of reopening? Slim to none, it seems. [P6]
• It looks like it's the end of the line for Jeffrey Chodorow's Ono. [GS]
• A roundup of places that just opened, or will be open later this week. [Eater]
• A roundup of what will be new in the meatpacking district this fall. [GS]
• The Hamptons scene is a little less decadent this year. Surprise! [NYP]
• The ice cream of the future isn't cold and doesn't melt, apparently. [NYM]
• Coke is testing out a new carbonated milk drink called "Vio." [Fox News]
• Try to block this out when you go out to eat later, but an audit of restaurant inspections finds that 22% of city eateries weren't inspected last year. [NYDN]