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Jean-Georges debuts a hot dog stand, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

Shalom Japan’s dining room with exposed brick walls
[The dining room at Shalom Japan in Williamsburg]
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Saul, the restaurant in the Brooklyn Museum, has morphed into a new dining establishment called The Norm. Saul Bolton is still running the kitchen along with the catering company Great Performances. Flo Fab reports that the new restaurant is "international in scope," with dishes like curried cauliflower, ramen, and a burger. Ryan Sutton was not a fan of Bolton's Saul resurrection at the Brooklyn Museum. The Norm opens tomorrow.

Ron Castellano had a tough time at the CB3 SLA licensing committee meeting earlier this week, where he was trying to rally support for a liquor license at his proposed sushi restaurant/izakaya in the old Le Baron space. Castellano and his crew wanted to keep the restaurant open till 4 a.m., but the CB3 crew balked at the closing time. The members of the board suggested that the restaurateur do some community outreach about the project. Castellano thinks the 4 a.m. closing time is non-negotiable, but he plans to go before the board again next month.

A Bronx man is on trial for attacking a gay couple at the Dallas BBQ in Chelsea last summer. The defendant, Bayna-Lehkiem El- Amin, argues that he did not initiate the fight. He claims that one of the other menu slapped him with a "soft, small purse" after he thought El-Amin had called him a homophobic slur. The fight involved the defendant stomping on one of the customer's heads, and bashing both of them with a chair. El- Amin's lawyer says that he did not use a homophobic slur, and that he was acting out of self defense.

— April Bloomfield comments on the fire at Salvation Burger:

Hamptons standby Cyril's Fish House is now closed. Proprietor Cyril Fitzsimons was recently found guilty of 45 misdemeanors, largely having to do with zoning issues.

— Tribeca Citizen hears that the two restaurants inside the Beekman Hotel — Keith McNally's Augustine and Tom Colicchio's Fowler & Wells — are both slated to open at the same time this summer, although no word yet on an exact date.

— Last week, two masked bandits robbed a Sheepshead Bay Dunkin' Donuts and immediately fled the scene. The robbers took home approximately $1,500 in cash.

— On the Tonight Show earlier this week, Gigi Hadid and Jimmy Fallon ate burgers from J.G. Melon.

— Jean-Georges is opening a hot dog stand outside The Mark Hotel soon. The menu will include a chicken dog with kimchi relish.

— Although many of the city's old-school Chinese-Latin restaurants have closed over the years, Flor De Mayo on Amsterdam Avenue is still going strong. The restaurant — which serves dishes like ropa vieja and lomo saltado — is now operated by Marvin Chu, the 39-year-old son of original proprietor Philip Chu.

— Earlier this week, Larry Wilmore had a segment on The Nightly Show about The Stonewall Inn becoming a national monument.

— And finally, here's a how to make paella like Toro's Jamie Bissonnette:

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