— As expected, the McDonald's on the corner of 34th Street and Tenth Avenue closed for good last week. Curbed describes this as the "last piece in the Hudson Yards puzzle." Soon, Related Companies will build 50 Hudson Yards on this parcel of land and the space adjacent to it. The new building will be 62 stories high.
A Curbed tipster writes in: "The 'McDonald's' signage was already taken down, the paper signs taped up to the windows all say 'CLOSED,' and the big parking lot was empty except for a single car."
— An unnamed employee at VBar in Greenwich Village says that Lindsay Lohan hurled racist remarks at him after he asked the actress and her sister Ali to leave the bar's bathroom. The sisters allegedly came into the bar and went straight to the bathroom, where they stayed for about 20 minutes. When the worker asked Lohan to leave, she allegedly started yelling at him. A witness tells RadarOnline: "What stunned everyone is when she was talking to him in a mock African accent and she kept asking him if he was from Ghana." Lohan then apparently spat in the face of a customer who tried to intervene, then she left. The bartender claims that one of Lohan's friends returned to VBar after she'd left and threatened to beat him up. The VBar employee is not pressing charges.
— The Speedy Romeo team is almost finished with the new location of the wood-fired pizzeria in the old Fatta Cuckoo space on Clinton Street. Fatta's owner Leah Tinari is a partner in this project, and Bowery Boogie reports that Entourage star Adrian Grenier is an investor too. The team also annexed the Cube 63 space next door. Speedy Romeo 2.0 has been under construction for over a year now.
— East Village fast casual restaurant New York Macaroni Co. closed after six months in business. The St. Marks Place storefront is now for rent.
— Raccoons are terrorizing the New Chinatown restaurant on Bronxwood Avenue in The Bronx. The overgrown critters were recently caught on camera climbing up the walls.
— The Mamoun's team signed a 10-year lease at 22 St. Marks Place, just a few doors down from the East Village outpost of the Middle Eastern restaurant. As noted last month, Mamoun's will move down the block this spring.
— Amelia Lester of Tables for Two visits "resolutely buttoned up" Stanton Street newcomer Lowlife: "Maitake are burnt, crunchy, and a little bit Frito-Lay, with pumpkin and an oozy cheese, as an appetizer. Matsutake, along with mussels, bob in a frothyaligot in one of the restaurant’s more substantial dishes, a sweet tilefish filet with its iridescent scales still on. Portions are rigorously controlled, though perhaps not as much as the sophisticated wine list, which features older, 'non-interventionist' vintages."
— Former Le Cirque chef Alain Sailhac celebrated his 80th birthday at Jacques Torres Chocolate last week. Guests at the party included Daniel Boulud, Marcus Samuelsson, Andre Soltner, and Drew Nieporent.
— And finally, here's an ode to the prime rib at Smith & Wollensky: