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EaterWire: Kitchen Work at Blue Smoke, Blue Seats Rises in Tenement's Ashes, Ken Friedman Galore, Pinkberry Rising, Paul's Boutique Shuttering!

Lots of breaking news to catch up on after a few days away. Let's dig in.

· Blue Smoke is closed for renovations. But, it's actually closed for renovations, more specially, kitchen work. Officially, "Blue Smoke and Jazz Standard will be closed for renovations beginning on January 1st, 2007. Jazz Standard will reopen on Wednesday, January 10th and Blue Smoke will reopen on Monday, January 15th." [EaterWire/EaterWire Inbox]

· Regarding former LES eatery Tenement (now shuttered across the street from Pianos): The space will be transformed into a restaurant & bar by the name of Blue Seats and will boast a modern design and 300 flat screen TV's for those of you who enjoy watching a game -- and don't mind the threat of a decor that prompts seizures. The deal was brokered by uber-nightlife real estate broker -- ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for -- Steven M. Kamali. [EaterWire]

· Ken Friedman checks-in to clarify his involvement at 10 Downing St. "I have not made a deal to take over 10 downing st. I love it but it looks impossible to get a liquor license there. Plus it is way too expensive. I predict a starbucks." [EaterWire]

· In other Ken Friedman news (because, let's be honest, we can't get enough KF news), he may or may not be involved in Andre Belazs' Standard Hotel, now being designed and constructed on the Highline. But, let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet. Ken: "Haven't made a deal but we've been wanting to work w/andre for awhile. If it did work out it wouldn't be a spotted pig. There will only be one spotted pig! I'll let u know as soon as anything actually happens." [EaterWire]

· Pinkberry Rising Update: "Since you had been interested in Pinkberry in the past, the 81st & Second opened 3 days ago. Pretty busy today at about 3pm." [EaterWire Inbox]

· Pre-Shutter alert: "Damn, I just got news that my favorite L.E.S. brunch spot is selling off... Paul's Boutique on the corner of Rivington and Ludlow is apparently changing hands and will re open as a full-service Italian wine bar. I'd imagine they'll have some steep competition from Inoteca across the street." [EaterWire Inbox]

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