— Daniel Delaney has hired chef Shawn Burnette to oversee menu research and development for both Delaney Chicken and Delaney Barbecue. Burnette has prior experience working with Sean Brock at Husk in Charleston, South Carolina, as well as for April Bloomfield at The Breslin here in NYC.
— Today's your last day to try UberEats without paying a delivery fee. The service, which launched last month, will now charge $2.99 for every order. The company is also phasing out its "instant delivery" option to focus on the more general delivery app.
— The 24-year-old East Village Irish bar Dempsey's Pub will close at the end of service this Sunday. The owner cited changing demographics and a rent hike for the decision to pull the plug. The bar became known for hosting local Celtic bands on Tuesdays and also for their trivia nights on Wednesday. Both events will move to Dempsey's sister pub Slainte on the Bowery.
— Pizza chain Serafina is eyeing the space on Rivington Street that last housed short lived Galli Restaurant. It was also home to LES game changer ‘inoteca for a decade before that.
— Russian blini chain Teremok, which announced plans late last year to open their first US location in early 2016, still hasn't opened:
— A late night punch-up in Katz's Deli between what owner Jake Dell describes as "two drunken idiots" resulted in one being bruised and swollen about the eye and the other being ejected. The victim has filed a police report, and the investigation is ongoing.
— An Upper West Side restaurateur is blaming the presidential debates for a loss of business. Cafe du Soleil owner Nadine Chevreux cites the almost two dozen debates since last August as reasons for a drop in sales. But the restaurant also has had scaffolding on the outside, and its last chef Michael Tivy left after being hit with sexual abuse of a child charges.
— A new burger bar is opening on the LES next week in the old Barramundi space on Clinton Street. The Burgary, from partners Tim Gashi (Rocky Slims) and Valentino Gjekaj (Arté), is a nod to depression-era swindlers Garfunkel & Tauster, whose phony bank once occupied the address. There will be beef from Pat LaFrieda, Laboratorio del Gelato ice milkshakes, and an attached speakeasy.
— Finally, here is a look at how to make NY's best donuts at home: