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EaterWire: New Chefs at 5 Ninth and Craftsteak, More DOH!

It's Pi Day at Tuck Shop. Happy Pi Day.

MEATPACKING—Zak Pelaccio's fusion restaurant/cocktail destination 5 Ninth has a new chef. A tipster writes, "i heard yesterday that Billy Barlow is now the head chef at 5 ninth. Billy who's role models are mario b & emeril (worked for in olrando/new orleans), got axed by april b [ed. note, that's April Bloomfield of Spotted Pig fame] for acting like said models a week or so before sarah ochs got hired. Billy Barlow is a name you will hear again and he is only 26, just watch out for his hands." [EaterWire Inbox]

MEATPACKING—Another MePa restaurant, Craftsteak, has also chosen a new head toque. Per Cutlets, per the RG, we learn that Damon Wise, the restaurant's former chef de cuisine, is the now executive chef of all the Craft restaurants and that former 7Squarer Shane McBride has been hired to work for Damon. Restauranteur Tom Colicchio said, "Shane has been hired specifically to execute the menu that Damon created. Damon has worked his ass off day and night, and I want him to get credit for that.” [Cutlets; RG]

UPPER WEST SIDE—What would this edition of EaterWire be without a report of another DOH shuttering? Sayeth a reader, "among the recent spate of closings by the Department of Health, add Mary Ann's on the UWS to the list. Their note (below) has a similar ring to others that have been posted on your site." [EaterWire Inbox]

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