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IHOP 'Robin Hood,' Dos Toros Midtown Progress, And More Intel

Cava Grill's making its way to New York, and more restaurant news and gossip from around NYC

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Dos Toros Flatiron

— The rise of the no-restaurant restaurant continues: A chef and his buddy recently started Boom Burritos as a delivery-only business that sells just 100 burritos on Fridays across Manhattan. Besides burritos, Boom sells guacamole and a tres leches cake in a mason jar.

— A Brooklyn IHOP waiter was arrested for giving away more than $3,000 worth of free drinks to customers, calling himself a "modern day Robin Hood." William F. Powell, 27, was caught after the Downtown Brooklyn location's owner realized that Powell's beverage sales were lower than other waiters. "I am not stealing," Powell said. "I am serving the ones in need, I take from the rich and give to the poor." He was charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, and petit larceny.

— It was clear that gourmet cookware store Broadway Panhandler would be closing long before it was announced, as retail sales consultant G.A. Wright had started helping the store clear its inventory back in the fall. But Norman Kornbleuth, 72, feels fine: ""It's mostly a happy closing because it is my choice."

— The Dos Toros boys are getting closer to opening their new Midtown location. Midtown Lunch spotted that signage was up at the 52 West 52nd St. storefront, with a "coming soon-ish" note. The Bay Area-style taqueria has previously said this outpost will have 40 seats and should be opening in March or April.

— DC-based fast casual Mediterranean restaurant Cava Grill is making its way to New York this year. The restaurant, which has been selling its dips and spreads in local Whole Foods, will open in the summer near Union Square.

— Delivery startup Doordash is offering free delivery for Num Pang, Caracas Arepas Bar, Umami Burger, and Gammeeok until Sunday.

— A woman went nuts at Midtown pizzeria Merilu Pizza Al Metro after she was told she couldn't order a pizza with chicken on top. Divya Viveka, 26, scratched two employees and tried to bite a worker when she couldn't get her preferred pie. Officials charged her with two counts of assault.

— A Brooklyn woman is trying to open a grocery store with no packaging. People would bring their own mason jars and burlap sacks to bring home nuts, grains, dry fruits, and household cleaners.

— About 80 pastry chefs, including James Beard Award winner François Payard and Pierre Hermé, will be getting together to provide bites at a one night event next month. Savory chefs like Anita Lo and Marcus Samuelsson will also be providing food. Tickets cost $125, and all the proceeds benefit City Harvest.

— And finally, watch as senior editor and professional carnivore Nick Solares tries the most expensive steak on earth, available at Mu Ramen in Long Island City: