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Fuku Extends its Hours, Seamless Cracks Down on Ghost Restaurants, and More Intel

Another holiday pop-up bar is headed to the East Village, plus more restaurant news and gossip.

[The sushi bar at O Ya. It's a splurge, but this is a great place for a special occasion/celebratory dinner.]
[The sushi bar at O Ya. It's a splurge, but this is a great place for a special occasion/celebratory dinner.]
Daniel Krieger

— The original location of David Chang's wildly popular chicken sandwich shop Fuku is now open seven days a week. The restaurant in the old Momofuku Ko space originally opened for lunch Wednesday through Sunday, then it introduced dinner on the weekends, followed by evening service five nights a week. Now Fuku is now open every day of the week for lunch between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and dinner from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Will Chang launch breakfast next? Midnight specials? 24/7 service with a neon sign out front indicating when the Fuku Fingers are fresh out of the frier? Only time will tell.

— Seamless and GrubHub are cracking down on the "ghost" restaurants that are offering delivery using those platforms. The move is a response to a recent NBC investigation that found that 10 percent of Seamless listings were either unlicensed kitchens or restaurants using multiple names. A rep tells Grub Street: "We're actually working to incorporate the data from the DOH to use it as a verification tool...So if something doesn't match up, it cues an investigation right away, which can include people from our team actually going to the restaurant to verify that it exists."

A deliveryman from Ling Gee restaurant in Red Hook is in critical condition after a tree branch fell on him yesterday. A worker from the Parks Department was sawing off the branch while another employee was directing traffic, but the deliveryman biked under the tree as the branch came down.

The team from Williamsburg Pizza got initial approval from the CB3's SLA licensing committee last night for a beer and wine license for the shop on the corner of Allen and Broome streets. The board gave the thumb's up to the crew with the stipulations that the owners open the staff bathroom to customers, and stop serving beer at 2 a.m. on the weekends.

— Miracle on Ninth Street isn't the only holiday pop-up bar that's coming to town. From November 30 through December 24, Boilermaker in the East Village will host Sippin' Santa's Surf Shack, a tropical Christmas-themed pop-up from bartender Sam Gauthier.

The Arepa Factory is now offering a Thanksgiving arepa filled with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy for $12.95.

There's a marshal's note on the window of the restaurant space at the corner of Avenue C and East Eighth Street. The space has been vacant for a while now, but it was most recently home to Lumé. Before that, the space housed Verso and Life — Kitchen and Bar.

— Elizabeth Banks partied with the SNL cast at STK Midtown till 4:30 a.m. on Saturday.

— And finally, here's Dan Barber explaining how he wrote his book, on The Eater Upsell:


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