— Jimmy Glenn, the proprietor of classic Midtown dive Jimmy's Corner, was friends with Muhammad Ali and occasionally worked as his trainer at the Times Square Gym on 42nd Street. Jimmy's Corner features several photos of Glenn and Ali from the old days. Times reporter Noah Remnick was in Jimmy's when Glenn and his patrons learned about Ali's death. The bar owner told Remnick: "He was a king among men....A fighter, a poet, a politician — he was everything."
— Longtime Zabar's employee Harold Horowytz died last month at the age of 87. In a note about his passing, the Zabar's team describes him as "one of the last of the old-school New York deli men." Although he technically retired in 1992, Horowytz would still come up from his home in North Carolina to work at Zabar's a few times a year.
— Last week, the Soho House team sent out an email to members announcing that the club's new Lower East Side outpost was open. However, the fine print explained that only "founder members" were allowed inside, although that didn't stop regular old members from showing up, only to be turned away. Page Six hears that the four-story Ludlow House — which has a handful of eating and drinking venues — will open to all the members "within the next week or so."
— A number of industry heavy-hitters from across the country will be speaking at today's Welcome Conference in Midtown. The whole thing will be streamed live on the event's homepage .
— David Chang has joined New York's non-stop avocado toast party:
Which Michelin-starred chef will start serving avocado toast next? Only time will tell. For what it's worth, one Eater staffer who tried this toast over the weekend says it's "insanely good."
— Elise Kornack and Anna Hieronimus, the proprietors and sole employees of Michelin-starred Carroll Gardens restaurant Take Root, are going to sporadically turn their dining room into a market this summer. On June 25, instead of serving a tasting menu, the duo will be hosting Philadelphia-based design studio Felt + Fat at Take Root from 2 p.m to 10 p.m. Ceramic plates created by Felt + Fat in collaboration with Kornack will be for sale, and food and drinks will also be available.
— A "for rent" sign is now hanging in the window of the Starbucks on the corner of 67th Street and Columbus Ave. Employees tell West Side Rag that it's closing soon, and a new location is opening nearby at 141 Amsterdam Ave between 66th and 67th streets. The landlord is asking for $140,550 per month in rent for the corner space.
— Hamlet Peralta, the operator of now-shuttered Hudson River Cafe who allegedly ran a multi-million dollar ponzi scheme, pleaded not guilty to wire fraud charges last week. His bail hearing is slated for this Thursday.
— Here is a vital update on one of the year's most anticipated openings, courtesy of Post critic Steve Cuozzo:
McNally's hotly awaited Augustine in Beekman Hotel reveals itself. Colicchio opening soon too. FiDi on the March! pic.twitter.com/Jw937C8Bdm— Steve Cuozzo (@stevecuozzo) June 5, 2016
— A team of restaurateurs is vying to open a new establishment called LES Junction in the space that currently houses Rivington F + B. A liquor license application notes that Edie Ugot, a veteran of The Spotted Pig, will cook the menu of snacks and sandwiches.
— Comedian Kaytlin Bailey explains why she's a regular at Doug Quinn's Midtown East bar Hudson Malone: "When I was even more poor than I am now, Doug would tolerate me just ordering water, while watching me con dudes into buying me dinner....He always had my back."
— Tonight, West 46th Street will be blocked off between Broadway and 10th Avenue for the Taste of Times Square event, featuring stalls from dozens of local restaurants including Becco, Toloache, and Schnipper's. Dishes will cost $6 or less.
— Among his many talents, Sullivan Street Bakery's Jim Lahey is a kung fu fighter. The baker tells the Times: "I train at the Shaolin Temple where there are students ranging from in their 60s to teens. I draw inspiration from not only my own struggle but watching others trying to do something that is difficult."
— And finally, here's a look at how the Meat Hook Sandwich team makes the restaurant's Italian hero: