— Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian is no longer involved with the Oak Room and the Palm Court in The Plaza Hotel. The Post reports that the hotel's management prematurely ended its contract with the chef, and now he’s seeking $1.6 million in damages. No word yet on why the Plaza decided to cut Zakarian loose from the food and beverage operations at the ritzy old hotel. In other Zakarian news: The dapper chef just opened a new restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA.
— On Sunday, Hillary Clinton began her march in the NYC pride parade in front of The Stonewall Inn, which was declared a national monument on Friday. Clinton was joined by Andrew Cuomo, Sandra Lee, Al Sharpton, Bill de Blasio, and Chirlane McCray. Here's the crew leaving the site of The Stonewall Inn:
Marching in NYC Gay Pride Parade w/ Sec. Hillary Clinton, Mayor DeBlasio and NYC First Lady. pic.twitter.com/ZU7dfmbUb6— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) June 26, 2016
Now, officials are raising money for National Park Service staff to monitor the area around The Stonewall Inn, as well as a ranger station and possible visitor center.
— King Bee has succumbed to the curse of 424 East 9th Street. On the restaurant’s homepage, the owners explains: "King Bee has closed. We are grateful for each one of you who came through our door during the past (almost) two years." This space previously housed another shortly-lived Southern establishment called Exchange Alley, as well as several other blink-and-you-missed-them restaurants before that.
— Tables for Two critic Emily Greenhouse visits Le Garage in Bushwick: "The food is French fancy-casual, with an airiness befitting Bushwick; that is, there is space between tables. ('I feel like I’m out of town,' chirped a recent patron, having arrived from distant Williamsburg.) The chicken for two is an ode to bird and butter. Presented before it’s carved, the dish is a sculpture to behold under the massive skylight—you might pause a moment before digging in. But chicken this crispy and juicy, served alongside lemongrass-sweet-potato purée, has a way of disappearing fast."
— The new Williamsburg location of Whole Foods is slated to open on July 26 with a pastry case stocked full of Roberta’s baked goods. The Luke’s Lobster team will also operate a counter inside the grocery store offering skewered lobster tails with dipping sauce.
— A "for rent" sign is now hanging in the window of 20 Warren, which previously housed Tara Tribeca. Earlier this year, a former staffer of the Raccoon Lodge announced plans to open a new bar in this space, but now Tribeca Citizen suspects that he's no longer eyeing this storefront.
— An Astoria-based preservationist started a campaign to save the nautically-themed terracotta figures that adorn the side of a building that was once home to a Childs restaurant many decades ago. The building now houses a Rite Aid that’s undergoing renovations.
— And finally here's a look at the breakfast spread at Two Hands Cafe on Mott Street: