— Downtown restaurateurs James Morrissey and Gerard McNamee want to combine the old Hop Devil Grill and Nino's Pizza spaces on St. Marks, and open a new establishment on this corner called The Honey Fitz. Plans filed with the CB3 indicate that this new restaurant would offer breakfast sandwiches to-go in the morning, plus lunch, dinner, and craft cocktails. The plans also notes that wifi and printers would be available for the neighborhood's "creative entrepreneurs." Nino's shut down back in October due to a gas leak, and the following month, owner Nino Camaj was served with an eviction notice. Camaj claims that he wasn't given any warning about the gas before it was turned off. EV Grieve hears that Camaj is still on the lease, and his lawyers may be trying to challenge the rent he was charged after the gas was shut off. Stay tuned for more details on the future of the space as they become available.
— The opening of Mr. Donahue's, the Mott Street meat-and-three from the Uncle Boons team, has been pushed back to February 22 because the crew is still waiting on some permits.
— A new hand-pulled noodle stand is now open in the food court area of Chelsea Market called Very Fresh. Eater reader Alyse says it replaced a yogurt stand. Here's a peek at the set-up and the soft opening menu:
— Costata is dead. But you can still order delivery from the restaurant via Caviar.
— A rogue location of Souvlaki GR is now open in Melbourne, Australia. The name and logo are exactly the same, but the owners of the New York City chain have nothing to do with this Australian restaurant.
— People are lining up for the rainbow bagels at The Bagel Store in Williamsburg. Over the weekend, the shop was selling special Super Bowl-themed bagels with the colors of the Broncos and the Panthers.
— Three NYC residents and two people from New Jersey have filed lawsuits against Dunkin' Donuts over alleged over-charging. According to their lawyer, a handful of Dunkin' locations have been erroneously adding sales tax to things like pre-packaged coffee beans and bottles of water. The lawyer estimates that Dunkin' could have made an extra $10 million from its New York City stores because of this over-charging. The Post reports that Dunkin' is reaching out to its store operators about this issue.
— On February 23 and March 2, Claudette is going to serve special six-course black truffle menus with wine pairings for $295 per person. The meals will take place in the restaurant's PDR. Call 212-868-2424 to make a reservation.
— And finally, here's how to slice charcuterie like Bar Boulud's Aurelien Dufour: