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New Identity for 64 East 1st; Charlie Trotter Hires Blind Chef

EAST VILLAGE— A tipster reports that chef Malik Fall, the former chef/co-owner of the Blue Elm, has left to open a restaurant in the old Boucarou space at 64 East 1st St. The tipster says his concept will be "American New." [EaterWire]

UPPER WEST SIDE— As previously mentioned, a new Five Napkin Burger is going into the old Ollie's space on Broadway and 84th. A press release today reveals it will open on February 1. [EaterWire]

CHICAGO—A few weeks ago, the Chicago Tribune ran a story about a blind culinary student named Laura Martinez who was completing the Le Cordon Bleu culinary program in Chicago. Later, CBS news sent a crew to visit Martinez as she completed her externship in the kitchen for the blind and visually impaired, and as a twist, brought along Chicago mega-restauranteur Charlie Trotter. Trotter was so impressed by Martinez's work, that he has hired her to work the line at his flagship restaurant. [Chicago Tribune Via Eater National]

CHRONICLES OF EL CHOD—In February of 2008, star chef Michel Richard and NYC restaurant mogul Jeffrey Chodorow made a huge splash when they teamed up to open Citrus at Social in the heart of Hollywood. With chef Remi Lauvand running the show, the restaurant was a hit out of the gates, garnering three glowing stars from the LA Times. Thing is, that moment didn't last very long. Less than two years after opening, Citrus at Social is doneski. [Eater LA]

Formerly Boucarou

64 East 1st St., New York, NY

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