— Smith Street bar Angry Wade's is calling it quits. A "for rent" sign has been hanging on the building since November, and the landlord recently spiked the rent from $10,000 to $16,000 per month. The space will become a bank. No word yet on when Angry Wade's final night will be. The owners have not announced any plans to reopen the bar elsewhere.
— The restaurateurs vying for the old Winnie's space at 104 Bayard St. want to open a Latin-Asian karaoke lounge, but the operators are facing opposition from the CB3's SLA Licensing committee and the neighbors. 100 people signed a petition against the new project, and at last night's CB3 meeting, neighbors complained about "another hipster bar," according to Bowery Boogie. The team agreed to scale back the hours of operation and change the name to something other than Winnie's. In other CB3 news, the board voted to deny Barcade's upgrade to a full liquor license at 6 St. Marks Place.
— To prepare for the opening of the new, non-Nordic version of Acme, the owners decided to strip the facade of the blue and white sign that read: "Authentic Southern and Cajun Cooking." The awning was a holdover from the days when this was indeed a southern restaurant. Proprietors Jean-Marc Houmard and Jon Neidich are adding a new awning.
Acme is slated to reopen next week with a new menu of French and Italian-inspired cuisine from former db Bistro Moderne chef Brian Loiacono.
— Greenpoint pizzeria hit Paulie Gee's is expanding to Chicago. Paulie Giannone signed the lease on a space in the Logan Square neighborhood. The Chicago outpost will be co-owned and operated by local pizzaiolo Derrick Tung, of Za Pi.
— Former Perla chef Michael Toscano is now in Charleston gearing up for the opening of a new Italian restaurant called Le Farfalle.
— Avenue A dive Lucy's has been closed all month. EV Grieve notes that the bar takes a holiday break every year, but the management usually offers a reopening date. The sign on the window now reads: "Closed until further notice." Four other businesses on this block of Avenue A are also closed at the moment.
— Navy's former chef Camille Becerra is serving grain bowls and broth at Henrie on Forsyth Street from now through February 21.
— A Brazilian bakery specializing in pão de queijo is opening soon at 223 Front Street. In addition to bread balls, Cafe Patoro will also offer sandwiches and cakes.
— And finally, here's a look at how the Red Hook Lobster Pound's lobster rolls are made: