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Moishe's Signage Theft, Spring Street Natural's Move, and More Intel

Everything you need to know about New York dining today, Thursday, July 23.

[The bar at Babbo.  A fine place to catch a drink after work — or eat lunch.]
[The bar at Babbo. A fine place to catch a drink after work — or eat lunch.]
Daniel Krieger

A construction worker stole the old Moishe's bakery signage. Owner Moishe Perlmutter tells Beford & Bowery that he hired a guy to remove the sign to make way for the new one, but the worker never showed up so he called someone else. Then, without warning, the original handyman came by and took the letters down. Perlmutter requested that the worker return the sign, to no avail. He explains: "If I have time one day, I’ll go after him."

Workers are now turning the old MaisonO/Kenmare space into the new home for Spring Street Natural. The owners of the popular health food restaurant decided to move because of a rent spike. Spring Street Natural should make the transition over to Kenmare by the end of the year. No word yet on what will take its place.

— Malia Obama took a break from the set of Girls to have lunch with former White House chef Sam Kass at La Esquina.

Is Tyler Florence eyeing a space on Greenwich Street in Tribeca for a new restaurant? Maybe, because the chef was spotted hanging out in the area recently, work is being done on the space, and Tribeca Citizen hears that a restaurant called "Wayfare," is moving in. (Florence operates a successful San Francisco establishment called Wayfare Tavern.) T-Flo has not mentioned any recent plans to open up shop in NYC, but if you hear anything, let us know.

— Following the major reveal of Union Square Cafe's future home, Danny Meyer shared a picture of what the current space looked like when he moved in 30 years ago:

Contrada, the year-old Italian revamp of Calliope, is indeed done for good. EV Grieve notes that a "for rent" sign now hangs in the window of the space at the corner of Second Avenue and East Fourth Street.

— Five-year-old Bushwick bar Cain's Tavern is closing after service on August 22 because of a rent hike.

— Park Slope sandwich shop City Sub is being revived by one of its former employees in a space at 82 Fifth Avenue.  The new shop — dubbed City Subs with an "s" — is slated to open by the end of the summer with a menu that will resemble the original. Proprietor Thomas Moran tells Grub Street: "We're gonna keep it the same."

— And finally, here's Robert Sietsema's ode to the Scotch eggs at Meyers of Keswick:

La Esquina

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