MIDTOWN— The longtime maitre d' of Ma Peche, Colby Lehman, left his post on November 12. He writes, "Even though I will miss my regulars and the company, I am looking forward to starting a new phase of my career."
LOWER EAST SIDE—In honor of Thanksgiving, the owners of new grilled cheese centric restaurant Little Muenster are serving Thanksgiving-themed sandwich. Available until November 25, the Thanksgiving special is a combination of Fontina, sweet potato puree, cranberry plum sauce, Cornish Game Hen, and pecans. [EaterWire]
WEST VILLAGE—The West Village location of The Meatball Shop is now open for lunch. [EaterWire]
NIGHTLIFE—Blackjack King and Nightlife Whale Don Johnson is at it again, having won another $2 million dollars from the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City last month. This is great news for New York's nightclubs, as Johnson, aka the "Beast of Blackjack", loves nothing more than spending his gambling winnings on insanely large novelty bottles of Champagne. Expect to see local club owners bending over backwards to try and bring Mr. Johnson into their venues over the coming weeks and hope you get lucky by being in the club when the Beast is there handing out the free drinks. [Press of Atlantic City]