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Choptank to Reopen as Italian Concept; Saturday Night Live's Stefon Explained

The scene this afternoon at Gemma
The scene this afternoon at Gemma

WEST VILLAGE—A representative for Choptank co-owner Josh Morgan tells Grub Street that he's filed a civil lawsuit against his partner Bobby Werhane. He is alleging that Werhane "committed, among other things, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, corporate waste, and unjust enrichment." Werhane calls the suit merit-less, but click through for the salacious claims. In other Choptank news, the restaurant will reopen as an Italian concept in a couple of weeks. The seafood restaurant had been closed due to a water leak since December. [Grub Street]

MIDTOWNDavid Chang and the NY Knicks—including forward Danilo Gallinari—will host a fundraiser at Má Pêche for Madison Square Garden’s foundation, Garden of Dreams this coming Tuesday. Tickets are $250 and include hors d’oeuvres by Tien Ho and an open bar. Email Nick Brown to reserve your tickets. [EaterWire]

UPPER WEST SIDE—The Upper West Side Branch of Marc Murphy's Ditch Plains soft opened in the former BarBao space this past Monday and they'll be serving a preview menu there (15 percent discount) until February 28. On March 1, they'll officially open to the public. [EaterWire]

NIGHTLIFE—Comedian Bill Hader was on the Late Show With David Letterman the other day, and he explained the origins of the tweaked-out club kid Stefon he plays on Saturday Night Live. Click through to find out why he can't stop laughing and about his new fan base.

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