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Bond 45 Lands a Bigger Space, Fuku's New Sandwich, and More Intel

Mimi Sheraton weighs in on VaucluseGate, plus more restaurant news and gossip from around NYC.

[The dining room at Khe-Yo in Tribeca. Strong lunch option in this part of town.]
[The dining room at Khe-Yo in Tribeca. Strong lunch option in this part of town.]
Daniel Krieger

Shelly Fireman is moving his Times Square tourist favorite Bond 45 to the former Sofia's space in the Hotel Edison on West 46th Street. Steve Cuozzo reports that the new restaurant will be one third larger than the current version of Bond 45. Asking rent was $1.5 million. The space sits on the same block as four Broadway theaters, including the home of Hamilton. No word yet on what will happen to Bond 45's current location.

— Former Times critic Mimi Sheraton weighs in on Ahmass Fakahany's open letter to Pete Wells:

Jeremiah Moss had something akin to a panic attack after walking into the new Black Seed Bagel location inside the former De Robertis bakery space. Moss writes: "My stomach clenched, my head spun, my whole body trembled like a tuning fork. The cognitive dissonance of being in a space so intimately familiar, yet rendered utterly strange, was too much to bear." His final takeaway: "Even when a space is preserved, once the soul has vacated, it won't ever be the same. "

Yesterday a car fatally struck a pedestrian in Fort Greene near Not Ray's Pizza. A surveillance video of the incident obtained by DNAinfo shows a passerby eating a slice of pizza as the fatal accident unfolds. She turns her back on the crash, takes another bite, and walks away. The workers at Not Ray's say they did not recognize the person who chose to eat her pizza instead of help the victim.

The former chef/owner of Seaport restaurant Il Brigante, Vananzio Pasubio, turned himself in on aggravated criminal contempt charges this week. The chef allegedly sent his wife a series of disturbing messages, and according to court records, he did not follow orders to stay away from her. Before skipping town for three years, the chef allegedly told her: "No one knows where to find me and I will destroy you."

—The de Blasio administration tried to challenge the dismissal of the styrofoam ban, but the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court denied the motion. That means that for the foreseeable future, styrofoam containers are here to stay.

— Fuku has recently been serving a new off-the-menu sandwich made with spicy peanut sauce, smoky slaw, and cilantro. Here's a look at the Fuket:

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After the landlord tripled the rent, the owners of Nita Nita shuttered their Williamsburg bar last weekend. And now the facade is wrapped in yellow tape that reads "gentrification in progress." Brooklyn-based street artist Ann Lewis confirms that this is her handiwork. She tells Gothamist: "When you displace small businesses in this manner you participate in the transferring of wealth from the 99 percent to the 1 percent. I have a major problem with this." The owners of Nita Nita might reopen the bar elsewhere in Brooklyn.

— John Travolta danced his way out of Serafina Always on East 61st Street the other night.

— The owner of The Stand comedy club, Paul Italia, has applied for a liquor license at 2 Spring Street in Nolita. Bowery Boogie thinks he's planning another comedy club.

— And finally, here's everything you need to know about the giant burgers at Bosna Express in Ridgewood:

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