Bartender extraordinaire Doug Quinn was fired from P.J. Clarke’s for “trying to control a lecherous customer;” we’ll let you know where he sets up shop next. Openings this week included East Village Social with a Southern-styled bar bites menu, The Purple Fig from Conrad Gallagher (Peacock Alley), Indian resto Chote Nawab and Lavender Lake.
Burger UrWay plans on opening a new location in the next two weeks. Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro is opening a second location of Cake Boss Café in the Port Authority Bus Terminal shortly. Top Chef fave and Eric Ripert alum Jennifer Carroll is aiming to open a restaurant in the West Village; no word yet on what the concept will be. Bond St. restaurateur Jonathan Morr is taking over the old Romera space in the Dream Downtown Hotel for a French accented concept. The old Grand Dakar space is turning into a new Little Brother location, which hopes to be open in December. NYY Steak is opening a Midtown location next year.
Imperial No. 9 in the Mondrian Soho is closing to be replaced by Isola Trattoria and Crudo Bar, which is shooting for an August opening. Centrolire, Moomah Café, which is owned by Jon Stewart’s wife, and Jane’s Sweet Buns have all shuttered.
And in Hyde Park, the CIA has shuttered its flagship Escoffier Restaurant after 39 years in operation. It will reopen in early 2013 as The Bocuse Restaurant.
Photo of Buddy Valastro, Cake Boss Café.