— Greenpoint-based bakery Ovenly and East Village shaved ice specialist Snowdays are both planning to open new storefronts on Flatbush Avenue, right across the street from the Barclays Center. Snowdays will open by the end of the month at 214 Flatbush Ave, and Ovenly will make its debut early next year at 210 Flatbush.
— Smorgasburg is headed indoors for the winter starting this weekend. The food market will be setting up shop inside the Skylight One Hanson building in Downtown Brooklyn from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays starting November 5, through the end of March 2017.
— New York City restaurants received 22 percent fewer violations this year, but 311 got 20 percent more complaints about them. A rep for the Health Department notes: "Letter grading has brought a heightened awareness of a restaurant’s sanitary conditions to the public as we have made it easier for New Yorkers to voice their concerns through the 311 mobile application."
— Beleaguered Court Street pub Buschenschank is now closed and the space is completely empty. Neighborhood blog Pardon Me For Asking notes that the bar received several noise complaints over its five years in business, and owner James McGown filed for bankruptcy seven times since 2009.
— Here’s a Chelsea dispatch from Robert Sietsema: "Onetime Pushcart Coffee at the corner of 25th Street and 9th Avenue has been rebranded as Citizens Coffee. A food menu has been added and waiter service. It is no longer possible to buy a cup of coffee at the counter and sit down at a table in the coffee shop. Buying coffee at the counter is now only for carry out. Waiter service is required to drink coffee in the coffee shop. Waiter service presumably prevents laptop users from sitting forever with a single cup of coffee."
— Reader Mike C. notes that West Village fast-casual Japanese restaurant Matte Bento has closed after one month in business. No word yet on what will happen to the space at 518 Hudson Street. If you spot any openings or closings in your neighborhood, please let us know.
— Now that the Cubs have won the World Series, David Chang has invited maligned fan Steve Bartman to eat on the house at the Momofuku restaurants:
— On Tuesday night, hours after Le Coucou received three stars from the New York Times, a marching band rolled through the restaurant playing a Bruno Mars song. Chef Daniel Rose tells Gothamist: "I did ask for a marching band."
— And finally, here’s a look at how the jerk chicken is made at the Island Spice Grill cart in Midtown: