— Busted vegan fugitive restaurateur Sarma Melngailis made bail yesterday. Sarma spent five days at Rikers following her arrest in Tennessee for a litany of charges including grand larceny and tax fraud. Her bail was set at $350,000. The restaurateur's husband and co-conspirator, Anthony Strangis, remains at Rikers on $300,000 bond. No word yet on when Melngailis will go back to court to face the employees and investors that she bilked out of nearly $1 million.
— Here's Jimmy Fallon doing an impression of Will Guidara in the kitchen of Eleven Madison Park:
—Mies van der Rohe's "Brno" chairs will be included in the The Four Seasons auction after the restaurant closes this summer. The low estimate for a pair of the restaurant's chairs is $1,000. The banquettes will likely start at $2,000 a pop, and 24-packs of plates with the Four Seasons logos will probably be priced between $500 and $700. The full auction catalog will be published next month. July 16 will be the restaurant's last day in the Seagram Building, but it will reopen in a new Midtown space next year.
— Jessamyn Rodriguez plans to bring her hugely successful non-profit organization/bakery Hot Bread Kitchen to a new, yet-to-be-determined city in 2017. The organization teaches low-income immigrant women how to bake and work in professional kitchens. The team makes 75 types of bread from around the world, which can be found at greenmarkets and grocery stores in the NYC area.
— New York is getting yet another poke restaurant. Simple Authentic Food at 109 Eldridge will serve Hawaiian-style rice bowls filled with fish and vegetables, and the menu will also include bento boxes. It's slated to open later this week.
— Mimi, Wildair, and Untitled land on Brett Martin's 12 Best New Restaurants in America list for GQ. Martin also praises the noodle dishes at Nishi, and the Sloppy Dave sandwich at Superiority Burger.
— The Maiden Lane team just ended a nine-month run at Urbanspace Vanderbilt. The operators of the market always planned to have vendors cycle in and out of the space throughout the year. The original East Village location of Maiden Lane is still going strong. The restaurant is now offering sidewalk seating when the weather's nice.
— Hamilton star/creator Lin-Manuel Miranda finally got his caricature on the wall at Sardi's:
Congratulations to @Lin_Manuel on his caricature at Sardi's! #Hamilton #RiseUp pic.twitter.com/dBSwXMZjP4— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) May 24, 2016
— New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against Domino's over alleged wage violations at 10 locations owned by three separate franchisees. Schneiderman says that his office discovered that "Domino's headquarters was intensely involved in store operations, and even caused many of these violations." Schneiderman already settled similar cases with 12 Domino's franchisees, who paid $1.5 million as part of the settlement.
— Danny Meyer and the Shake Shack team will open a location of their wildly popular burger joint in Detroit next year.
— FourSquare just launched a new application called MarsBot, which sends you recommendations via SMS.
— Astoria is getting a new organic food truck called The Breakfast Shack. The menu will include things like braised short ribs over cheese grits, and bourbon chicken hash.
— Year-old Ditmas Park sandwich & bubble tea shop Miss Saigon is closing this week.
— And finally, here's a look inside the Sun Noodle factory in Teterboro, NJ: