— Last night, downtown restaurateur James Morrissey went before the Community Board 3's SLA licensing committee to pitch his plan for a new all-day restaurant in the Nino's Pizza space and an adjacent storefront on St. Marks. The big reveal was that Nino's owner Nino Camaj agreed to break his lease to allow the new operator to move in. Nino's has been closed since last fall, when a gas leak was discovered in the building, but the restaurateur reportedly had 10 years left on his lease. Barring any major change in plans, Nino's is done for good. The members of the board were not pleased with the plan for this new restaurant/bar, dubbed The Honey Fitz, so Morrissey agreed to withdraw the application and come back at a later date after hammering out more of the details. EV Grieve hears that Nino got an offer in the low six figures to vacate the space.
— In other CB3 news, members of the Talde team pitched their plans for four venues inside the forthcoming Joie de Vivre Hotel at 50 Bowery. One of the spaces will be a 200-seat Asian restaurant called Rice & Gold. The crew also plans to open a subterranean bar called The Green Lady, as well as a rooftop lounge with a hot dog cart and a venue called "Breezeway," which will also be home to a semi-permanent exhibit from the Museum of Chinese in America. Bowery Boogie reports that the CB3 gave initial approval to all four venues. Three Kings Hospitality — AKA Dale Talde, John Bush, and David Massoni — released a statement earlier this month that noted: "The concepts will certainly draw inspiration from, as well as reflect the dynamic and culturally rich Chinatown neighborhood." Stay tuned for more details on these new bars/restaurants from the Tadle partners as they become available.
— After last weekend's SNL, the cast partied till the wee hours at Zuma in Midtown. Melissa McCarthy shut the place down. Kanye did not attend.
Go to Roma Norte in Mexico City, where you’ll stroll past guys with waxed mustaches and women in ’80s jumpsuits, nibbling expensive paletas from a mod turquoise cart. In Old Town Bangkok, around the corner from an illicit cockfight on the street, there’s a young Thai dude who set up a tiny Third Wave coffee bar. If you ask, he’ll tell you it’s modeled after San Francisco’s Blue Bottle. North, in Chiang Mai, a couple of Thai hipsters preside over the kind of barbershop that’s the anchor tenant of any Brooklyn block—in the chair, you can throw back a shot of whiskey.
Birdsall discovers some restaurants in Indianapolis that would probably be huge hits in Brooklyn.
— Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson is getting ready to star in a Broadway show about a foodie called Fully Committed. The actor has been spending a lot of time at Gramercy Tavern lately to prepare for the role and learn restaurant lingo.
— Before he was Rocky, Sylvester Stallone worked at the Dover Deli on the East Side. His tenure at the Manhattan restaurant ended after he threw a chicken at a customer.
— The owners of airport slice shop Abitano's are planning to open what they describe as a "trendier" version of the pizzeria on 10th Avenue. The team filed a liquor license application for the space that formerly housed Fat Sal's.
— East Village cheap eats favorite Pak Punjab & Deli is back in action after a one-month hiatus.
— And finally, here's a look at The Beatrice Inn's meat pies: