— Park Slope gay bar Excelsior is staging a comeback. The bar closed last summer after a 15 year run at 390 Fifth Ave. But now the owners have found a new space at 563 Fifth Ave., and they plan to get Excelsior 2.0 up and running by the end of the month.
— The New York location of José Andrés' The Bazaar — arguably the most anticipated opening of 2016 — will have a space designed by none other than Philippe Starck. The starchitecht also designed the locations of the restaurant in Las Vegas, Miami Beach, and Beverly Hills. The new restaurant is going to be part of the SLS hotel on the corner of Park Avenue South and East 30th Street.
— Inexpensive burger chain Schnipper's Quality Kitchen is opening a new location at 120 Church Street. The 3,300 square foot space sits two blocks away from the World Trade Center, and Tribeca Citizen notes that it's also very close to the Battery Park City location of Danny Meyer's Shake Shack. If everything goes according to plan, it will open by the end of the year.
— 260 people turned out for the big, star-studded Eli Kulp fundraiser at Del Posto on Monday night. The event pulled in $60,000 for the chef, who was injured in the Amtrak crash in June. Kulp is recovering from the accident — he has limited movement in his arms and he can't move his legs. If everything goes according to plan, the chef and his team will open a Hudson Street location of their Philly hit High Street this fall.
— Midtown food trucks Coney Shack, Old Traditional Polish, Shuka Truck, Kaya NYC, and Lil Zeus Lunch Box were all nominated for the Vendy Awards in the "rookie of the year category." The awards will be held on Governors Island on September 12.
— The Whitney now features a "reimagining" of dearly departed 80s East Village bar/performance space King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. The bar was located on the corner of Avenue A and East 7th Street, in the space that's currently home to Niagara.
— Koppers Chocolates is moving its factory from Clarkson Street in the West Village to a new space in Sunset Park.
— The new Tribeca location of Maison Kaiser has a noisy exhaust fan that's keeping the neighbors up at night. The residents of apartments on Greenwich and Harrison streets have already filed numerous complaints with 311. A manager from Maison Kaiser tells the Tribeca Tribune that a piece of equipment is not working properly, and the team is "working expeditiously to solve this issue."
— Chipotle now has a standard price for the wildly popular "quesarito," which is not listed on the menu. If you want that cheesy layer added to your burrito, it'll cost you an extra $3.50.
— And finally, here's a look at the amazing pita operation at Gazala's Place in Hell's Kitchen: