— Simpson Wong is closing his 20-year-old West 10th Street restaurant Cafe Asean on January 24. No word yet on what will happen to the space. The chef's new Singaporean restaurant, Chomp Chomp, recently received two stars from the Times.
— Popular Brooklyn food market Smoragsburg is expanding to Los Angeles this summer. The west coast version of the market will set up shop in the Alameda Produce Market in Downtown Los Angeles starting June 19. This is going to be part of a larger development called ROW, which will also feature over a dozen permanent restaurants and plenty of office spaces.
— Good Co. in Williamsburg closed on Monday night. The bar space will reopen next month as a Southern restaurant called Belle Shoals. Josh Mazza, the proprietor of The Gilroy and Seamstress, is partnering with the Good Co. team on this new restaurant. Mazza explains his vision for the new place: "It's a delta juke joint inside and a Savannah garden party outside." Seamstress's chef Aaron Lamonica is creating the menu and Pam Wiznitzer is working on the drinks.
— For the first time in three decades, Alidoro is now serving hot sandwiches, including porchetta with broccoli rabe, and speck with gorgonzola. The 10 new hot items are only available at the Midtown outpost.
— Empire Biscuit in the East Village took two separate, unexpected "winter breaks" this month. The website is down and paper is up in the windows. A sign indicates that it's slated to reopen tomorrow.
— Police are on the lookout for a man who grabbed a 12-year-old girl inside the Upper West Side location of Shake Shake yesterday. The man later attempted to kiss a 13-year-old outside the restaurant. The Post has security footage of the man entering and exiting the restaurant.
— In Shake Shack news of a very different sort, the popular burger chain is opening an outpost at Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers this year.
— Takashi in the West Village is taking a short break, but it will return tomorrow:
— Steve Cuozzo reports that Whole Foods is close to signing a deal for a new mega-store at One Wall Street.
— And finally, here's how to make schnitzel like Eduard Frauneder of Edi & the Wolf: