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Breaking EaterWire: Jason Neroni, former chef of Porchetta, Arrested & More!

CARROLL GARDENS— Was it just yesterday that Jason Neroni claimed he was not in trouble with the law? Well, yes it was, and now we hear that the man, formerly the chef of Porchetta, has been arrested. Gawker's got the details, "Today Chef Neroni was processed at the 76th Precinct on Union Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. His lawyer accompanied him. Can't confirm all the details." We can! We called the Deputy of Public Information who confirmed that Jason Neroni, until recently the chef at Porchetta, had indeed been arrested and charged with petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor." [Gawker]

WEST VILLAGE—Rejoice, as the formerly plywooded second outpost of City Bakery owner Maury Rubin's green cookie shop Birdbath has opened in the West Village on Charles and 7th Ave. They'll be offering the same massive cookies and coffee as the original. We can't get any more info off of the place's frustrating flash website; also, there is no phone number to call for the place's hours. Of course, the cookies are good, so we look past these minor annoyances. [EaterWire Inbox]

TRIBECA—Looks like the space that formerly housed red-sauce joint Dominick's has a new tenant. From a reader, "so recently closed dominick's in tribeca was just picked up by the tribeca film festival to house their press office and industry registration, spoke with some production guy coming out of the space, he said signage should be going up next week." [EaterWire Inbox]

WEST VILLAGE—Will dessert chef Pichet Ong's restaurant P*ONG, long plywooded, soon throw off its wooden shackles? Possibly, as we've just gotten a peek at the place's inventive cocktail list featuring libations such as the Bangkok margarita (reposado tequila, fresh pineapple and ginger juice, agave, aleppo pepper) and the violet negroni (genever gin, campari, violet vermouth). Very promising. Now, anyone have a copy of the menu? [Buddha Drinks Fanta]

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