— Shaky tourist magnet Tavern on the Green has cycled through yet another chef. John Stevenson, the guy who took over for Jeremiah Tower, is out, and Urbo's former executive chef, Bill Pett, is in. First-time NYC restaurateurs Jim Caiola and David Salama opened the new iteration of Tavern with chef Katy Sparks two years ago. The city agreed not to charge the restaurateurs any rent till 2019, and The New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council also held off on organizing the restaurant's workers for the first two years. The Post notes that the union will likely start organizing the restaurant's staff soon.
— The proprietors of Cafe Clover are planning to open a market spinoff a few doors down at 259 Sixth Avenue with sandwiches, salads, beer, wine, prepared foods, and some groceries like "oils and grains." No word yet on when it will open.
— Cheap eats favorite Prosperity Dumpling will reopen at some point in the not-too-distant future at 265 Broome Street. But now Bowery Boogie notices that signage for a new dumpling parlor is up in the space that previously housed Prosperity until it was shut down by the DOH last summer. The new shop at 46 Eldridge Street is called East Dumpling.
— The 99 Favor Taste team is opening a new Korean barbecue/Chinese noodle shop at 37 St. Mark's Place near Second Avenue. The owner is seeking a beer and wine license for this location.
— A transgender man says he was frequently humiliated by his former co-workers at the Whole Foods in Chelsea. The man filed a discrimination case against the organic supermarket last week. A rep for Whole Foods tells the Post that the company has not reviewed the suit yet.
— Taco Mix in East Harlem is undergoing some renovations right now:
— Visana, a Gramercy bar that was busted for underage drinking earlier this year, just got slapped with 15 new violations from the SLA for things like overcrowding and not hiring a licensed security guard to control the customers.
— A rolled ice cream shop is moving into the St. Mark's Place space that previously housed The Sock Man.
— Meanwhile, out east: Although its owners are embroiled in a legal battle, Hamptons party spot The Sloppy Tuna will indeed open for the season next month. In a Facebook message last week, co-owner Drew Doscher said that it was not going to open for the season, but now a court-appointed receiver will run the bar while Doscher works out his legal issues.
— The editors of Lucky Peach are hosting a launch party for their new book The Wurst of Lucky Peach tonight at Willams-Sonoma Columbus Circle. The event will feature hot dogs from Salvation Burger, plus beer and sausage-making demonstrations. Tickets are $45 and include the book and a subscription to Lucky Peach.
— And finally, here's a look at how the ice cream churro sandwiches at Playa Betty are made: