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EaterWire: The Clintons at Allegretti, Bella Closes, John McDonald Grilled, And More

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Krieger, 8/12/08

FLATIRON—Gael Greene has an early review of the new Allegretti, but her celeb sighting is probably the highlight: "...he was ready Thursday for Hillary and Bill with Chelsea and her boyfriend - the foursome a giant presence, an elephant in the modest, low- ceilinged room, Secret Service contingent parked at a separate table. 'The President knows me from Le Cirque, of course,' Allegretti explains...The Clintonfest almost makes up for the critics swarming Allegretti too soon." [Insatiable Critic]

MIDTOWN— The owner of Estiatorio Milos on West 55th is the latest restaurateur getting sued by employees: "According to a class action lawsuit filed against the restaurant, Spiliadis has been refusing to pay servers minimum wage, denying them overtime pay, and forcing wait staff to share tips with the restaurant's managers. The lawsuit was filed by Franco Sukaj and Nikolas Tsikitas, who both worked as waiters at the restaurant." [Cityfile]

SOHOBella's the bar under Bar Martignetti's has closed and will reopen in a few weeks as The Magestic. Check the GoaG write-up for the over-the-top eulogy. [GoaG]

NEW YORK— Daily Intel does 22 questions with restaurateur John McDonald and we discover he prefers the Post to the Times, loves our man Bloomberg, had a great meal at Jean Georges, and describes his job thusly: "I would say I am like a firefighter — walking around looking for small fires before they become raging infernos, and hopefully putting them out." [Daily Intel]

MIDTOWN— Oh man. News from Midtown Lunch: "Blockbuster news in the Midtown Lunch inbox today. The famous 53rd St. and 6th avenue chicken and rice cart is expanding their empire to 7th Avenue. The new cart is parked on the SW corner of 53rd St. & 7th Avenue during the day now starting at 11:30 a.m." [ML]

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