— A fire broke out in the basement of Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen in Forest Hills, Queens earlier this month. The restaurant is closed while the team makes repairs to the space. Earlier this year, the owners announced that they planned to close the restaurant on December 31 and hopefully move it to a new location. That's still the plan, but now they have to make repairs just to get the space back open for its final month of service. Co-owner Audrey Brown tells DNAinfo: "We are doing our best to get up and running, but it is quite a climb, the boiler room has to be re-built and we still don't have our refrigerators back." Before the fire, the team started serving a special farewell menu of contemporary French fare. Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen was the first Queens restaurant to receive a Michelin star. It lost that star earlier this year.
— Camille Becerra has left Navy, the stylish Soho cafe she opened with Matt Abramcyk and Akiva Elstein almost two years ago. Head sous chef Justin Herrera is taking over as executive chef. Becerra is planning to pursue new projects, including a cookbook.
— Todd English's former lawyers are suing the trainwreck chef over unpaid bills. Todd allegedly owes them $270,000 for handling Labor Department and bankruptcy issues related to the chef's LaGuardia restaurant Figs.
— The "creative director" of Chrystie Street bar Leave Rochelle Out of It was arrested last week for trying to steal a thousand-dollar fur coat from a sample sale at Chelsea Market.
— Gramercy Tavern is launching weekend lunch in the main dining room next month, which means that guests will finally be able to make Saturday and Sunday midday reservations at this great restaurant:
We have tables available to reserve for the first weekend lunch ever in the dining room on Saturday, Dec. 5 @GramercyTavern 212-477-0777— Michael Anthony (@chefmikeanthony) November 10, 2015
— Einat Admony's new Israeli-Mediterranean restaurant Combina is slated to open this weekend at 330 West Broadway. Admony will be running the kitchen along with chef Molly Breidenthal. The dining room is lined with shelves filled with ingredients, because the restaurant doesn't have a basement space for storage. Flo Fab reports that Combina will serve a merguez burger, an eggplant tostada, and salt cod doughnuts. Stay tuned for pictures of the space later this week.
— Maple — the meal delivery service that counts David Chang as an investor —just expanded its delivery zone to include the East Village and the Lower East Side. So now, anyone below 14th Street can get Maple delivery. The food is cooked at a central commissary and the company promises delivery in 30 minutes or less.
— The Bryant Park Holiday market is back in action with kiosks serving vegan sushi, brown rice burgers, and roasted veggies. The market also has stalls from last year's hits La Sonrisa, Super Mac + Cheez, and TopArepa.
— And finally, here's Alex Guarnaschelli's turkey recipe: