— Staring June 6, chain restaurants with 15 locations or more will have to put salt warnings on their menus for dishes with more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium, or else they can face fines starting at $200. The rule went into effect back in December, but a judge put a hold on the regulation right before the city was going to start issuing fines. Yesterday, an appeals court lifted the temporary hold. Mayor de Blasio called the new rule "a common-sense regulation that will help New Yorkers make better decisions and lead healthier lives." Approximately 3,000 NYC-area restaurants will have to comply with the new rule.
— The Lower East Side location of Calexico was seized by the marshal this week. This restaurant was the first to be operated by a franchisee, not the original Calexico owners. It closed around this time last spring after just two years in business. Bowery Boogie notes that 9300 Realty, the company owned by crooked landlord Steve Croman, was recently asking for $12,500 per month for the space.
— The cheapest coffee in the East Village can now be found at the Subway shop on First Avenue between East Sixth and East Seventh streets. EV Grieve notes that during a recent visit, the 75-cent cup of coffee "was lukewarm and tasted stale."
— Bobby Flay is trying to unload the 3,256 square foot Chelsea duplex that he shared with ex-wife Stephanie March. Bolo Bobby just sliced a million bucks off the asking price — it's now on the market for $6.95 million.
— Don't park your car in the lot outside of the 7-Eleven on Coney Island Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, because it might get towed by a company that is ransoming vehicles for absurd prices. NBC 4 captured footage of a driver from Custom Towing snatching a minivan in the convenience store lot after its driver got out to use the bathroom. Her car was unattended for just 66 seconds before it got towed. The company has 88 complaints on file with the Department of Consumer Affairs.
— A former employee of Arrogant Swine in Bushwick filed a lawsuit against the restaurant for overtime pay that he claims he did not receive. Proprietor Tyson Ho tells the Daily News: "His demands aren't logical....He claims he worked more hours than the restaurant is actually open." The Daily News notes that Ho tried unsuccessfully to work out a settlement before the employee filed the suit.
— A new all-day restaurant called The Danish Cafe is coming to 138 Smith Street in Cobble Hill. This is a spinoff of a restaurant in Red Bank, New Jersey.
— Los Angeles is about to get a location of wildly popular NYC veggie burger restaurant By Chloe. Chloe Coscarelli's newest restaurant is slated to open inside the budget-friendly market 365 by Whole Foods in Silver Lake next week. In other west coast expansion-related news, Milk Bar will be running an ice cream truck in Los Angeles over the weekend. It's sponsored by Lactaid.
— And finally, here's a look at the bialy operation at Kossar's on the Lower East Side: