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Joe Allen's 50 Years in Midtown, Shake Shack Penn Station Signage, Txikifest Returns, and More Intel

The old David Burke Townhouse space has a new tenant, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[The dining room at Veselka in the East Village]
[Daniel Krieger]

Theater District legend Joe Allen quietly celebrated the 50th anniversary of his eponymous 46th Street restaurant last year. Allen tells the Times: "Whether we like it or not, we’re joined at the hip to theater....The years the shows crash and burn, we don’t do well." The walls of the dining room are lined with posters of colossal flops from the last five decades. If you have ten minutes to spare today, Alan Richman's profile of this fellow is an excellent read from start to finish.

Shake Shack-branded plywood is now up near tracks 13-21 in Penn Station. Danny Meyer's blockbuster burger stand signed a 10-year lease. No word yet on when it will open. Here's a peek at that sexy, sexy Shack signage:

Ho. Lee. $&!t. #theregoesthediet #shakeshack #diabeetus

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— Argentine steakhouse Chimichurri Grill is moving into the 61st Street space that was previously home to David Burke Townhouse.

Is Michael McCarthy, of Michael's fame, trying to revive dearly departed UES restaurant Swifty's? A Page Six spy overheard McCarthy talking to an employee about resuscitating the bistro at the Lighthouse Guild Gala this week. This was one of Steve Cuozzo's favorite restaurants.

Guy Fieri is going to show the people of Louisville, KY how to royally screw up barbecue.

— Alex Raij and Eder Montero are hosting their sixth annual Txikifest party in the alley behind Txikito this Sunday, May 15. The event will feature food from Brooks Headley, Mark Ladner, Jim Lahey, Fany Gerson, Llama Inn's Erik Ramirez, and Ryan Bartlow of Quality Eats. All proceeds will go to benefit Hot Bread Kitchen. Tickets, which include all food and drink, are $50, and they can be purchased online.

Danceteria co-founder/gay rights activist Jim Fouratt is being evicted from the Greenwich Village apartment he's lived in since 1969. Apparently, the 70-year-old nightlife veteran flooded the apartment below his own twice in the last month, so his landlord wants him out.

— Chef Adam Leonti's new vegetable-focused restaurant in the Williamsburg Hotel will be called Harvey. It's slated to open this summer.

Bushwick is about to get a new dive bar/restaurant/game room called Tiltz Sports Bar and Arcade. The food menu will include a cheeseburger with doughnuts for buns. It's going into the space right next to the new home of the Wreck Room at 942 Flushing Ave.

— Williamsburg seafood restaurant Extra Fancy is opening its large outdoor bar area this weekend.

— Tomorrow night, the Museum of Food And Drink is hosting a Spring Benefit in the Music Room at Carnegie Hall honoring Harold McGee. The party will feature a cocktail reception and dinner, with guests including Questlove, Alex Guarnaschelli, Ted Allen, Andrew Carmellini, and Dave Arnold. Find more information on the dinner here. (Eater is a media partner of MOFAD.)

— And finally, here's how the bakers at Breads make the shop's sensational babka:

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