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Four Seasons Style, Ippudo Expands to Berkeley, Shkreli at Brushstroke, and More Intel

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot is opening an outpost on The Bowery, plus more restaurant news and gossip.

[The bar at Porchlight in West Chelsea]
[The bar at Porchlight in West Chelsea]
Daniel Krieger

Before you do anything else today, please check out the Times' style profile of the guests at the Four Seasons on a recent Friday afternoon. Henry Kissinger and Martha Stewart were both dining in the Pool Room that day. Martha says that after the restaurant closes in July, she'll go "wherever Julian and Alex tell us." The media titan also remarks: "I never go anywhere for lunch without getting cookies for the driver."

Ippudo is expanding to Berkeley, California this year.

A journalist by the name of Jacklyn Collier went on a Tinder date with "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli at Brushstroke in Tribeca. The date happened months before Shkreli was arrested on charges of securities fraud. She describes him as quite the gentlemen, despite the fact that he raised the price of a drug 4,000 percent overnight. At the end of the meal, Shkreli ordered a $120 cup of tea even though he's not much of a tea drinker. Collier writes: "He might as well have eaten a $100 bill in front of me."

— Chef Shuffles: Flo Fab reports that former Fatty Crew staffer Corwin Kave is now the chef at Lorenzo's in Bushwick. Elsewhere in Brooklyn, John Poiarkoff is no longer the chef at The Pines and its sister restaurant Willow. The sous chefs at those restaurants are now running the show.

Fitzroy, Australia is now home to the world's first-ever George Costanza-themed bar. George's Bar features drinks with names like The Summer of George and Draped in Velvet, plus sandwiches called the Art Vandelay and The Quitter.

— As expected, Greenwich Village staple The Garage closed after service on Sunday night. The landlord jacked the rent up to 50K a month, so the operators decided to close up shop. The restaurant had been in business since the late 90s. No word yet on what will take its place.

International chain Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot is planning its first Manhattan restaurant at 105 Bowery. Work is now being done on the space and a "now hiring" sign is hanging in the window. The chain has over 600 locations around the world, including an outpost in Flushing. Sietsema enjoyed his meal there a few years ago.

Frank Raffaele, the proprietor of the Coffeed mini-chain, is hoping to raise $6 million to $10 million from outside investors to grow his company. The chain now has 12 outposts in the NYC area, plus one in Seoul, South Korea. Coffeed donates a portion of its sales to local charities, and Raffaele plans to set up a program where guests can donate to organizations of their choice every time they buy coffee.

— And finally, here's how to make Dominique Ansel's cinnamon rolls: