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LES Crime Spree, North End Grill's New Pricing, Gas at The Lucky Bee, and More Intel

The Maraschino Cherry King's family will is finally settled, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[Robert Sietsema]

Burglars pilfered cash and other valuables from six Lower East Side restaurants during the month of April. The thieves took $1,600 in bills from Erin McKenna's Bakery (FKA Babycakes), plus $500 from Dudley's and around $50 from Kottu House. The crooks also nabbed several bottles of booze from The Suffolk Arms. Police are still on the hunt for the suspects, who were photographed on security cameras wearing black clothing during one of the raids.

— Danny Meyer's North End Grill in Battery Park City switched over to "Hospitality Included" pricing last week. Tribeca Citizen notes that, on average, food and beverage prices went up by 24 percent after the adjustment to a no-tipping model. The restaurant's excellent clam pizza jumped from $22 to $29, while the price of the steak au poivre changed from $59 to $69.

— During a party at The Four Seasons on Saturday, a woman's mink coat caught on fire and guests used water from the pool to put out the blaze. After the incident, all the partygoers jumped in the pool, along with proprietor Julian Niccolini.

— Signage in the window of the old Red Gravy space at 151 Atlantic Avenue advertises a new restaurant called Beasts & Bottles. This will be a rotisserie/wine bar from the team behind Atrium in Dumbo. It should open at some point over the next few weeks.

A judge finally signed off on the $8.5 million will of Arthur Mondella, the deceased owner of Dell’s Maraschino Cherries. Mondella committed suicide during a police drug raid of his Red Hook factory last year. His wife divorced him a few months before his death. She claimed that the will that was filed was just a copy, but a judge just ruled that it's the real deal. She's not included in the will, but her six-year-old daughter is, as well as Mondella's adult children.

— Michael Shah, the restaurateur behind Sons of Essex and Rochelle's, is planning to open a bar/restaurant/co-working space/performance venue/store at 130 Orchard Street called Orchard Street Social. The space was not previously licensed to serve alcohol, so he will likely encounter some pushback from the CB3.

— LES hot spot The Lucky Bee finally got its gas turned on. Previously, the team was using induction burners to cook everything. Chef Matty Bennett plans to add some new things to the menu in the coming weeks.

— The West Village location of DumplingGo at 516 Hudson recently closed up shop (as pictured above). The East Village outpost is also closed right now.

— A police officer assigned to a Bronx precinct got into a fight with a bouncer at Three Sheets Saloon in the Village over the weekend. The cop, who was off-duty at the time, was arrested. No word yet on what sparked the incident.

— A neo-diner called Hail Mary is opening soon at 68 Greenpoint Avenue, in the former Coco space. Husband and wife duo Sohla and Ham El-Waylly are planning to serve things like chicken-fried beef tongue and matzo ball soup with foie gras. Sohla worked in the pastry department at Atera, and Ham is a veteran of the Empellon restaurants. Hail Mary is slated to open by the end of the month.

— A few crucial updates to the hours of operation for two ultra-hot NYC restaurants: Salvation Burger is now open on Sundays (seven days a week!) and Emmy Squared is now serving *lunch* every day except Tuesday, when it's closed.

— And finally, here's a look at how Marco Canora makes his brodo:

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