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EaterWire: Freedom Tower Calling All Restaurateurs & More!

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FINANCIAL DISTRICT—If the Port Authority has anything to say about it, there will be a restaurant atop the Freedom Tower, opening sometime in 2013. More at the Observer: "The Port Authority is putting out its feelers for a company to develop and manage a two-floor restaurant on the 100th and 101st floors of the 102-story Freedom Tower...Windows on the World, the restaurant on the 106th and 107th floors of the old World Trade Center, was one of the world’s highest-grossing restaurants, according to a 2001 article in The New York Times, taking in some $24 million a year in the late 1980's. The Port Authority hopes to select a developer some time this fall, with the grand opening slated for early 2013. [Observer]

WEST VILLAGE—Minetta Lane Ital Bellavitae has a new chef, Raffaele Ronca. He comes to the restaurant by way of Naples and seems to have a way with hen: "The roasted bird emerges juicy, aromatic and extremely knife-friendly. "I'm constantly on the phone with my mother in Italy," he says, crediting her with helping him tweak recipes like a soulful paccheri pasta with beef ragu, and fresh puntarelle with green olive oil and a touch of anchovy." [Bottomless Dish]

MIDTOWN EAST—While the signs on the windows at Blair Perrone Steakhouse now read 'closed for renovation,' it doesn't look good for the 2nd Avenue restaurant, which first shuttered a week ago. Multiple sources indicate the venue is done for good, fallen victim to its $62K/month rent—a fate the last tenant of the space, Ruth's Chris, also met with. We're unable to confirm at present because the restaurant has taken the phone off the hook. [EaterWire]

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