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The Modern Plans Major Revamp, White Gold Targets August Opening Date, and More Intel

The African Food Fest is coming to Brooklyn Navy Yard, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[The dining counter at Streetbird Rotisserie in Harlem]
[The dining counter at Streetbird Rotisserie in Harlem]
Daniel Krieger

Danny Meyer's two-Michelin star Midtown restaurant The Modern is closing for a revamp on August 8. When is reopens on September 14, the restaurant will no longer have a wall between the kitchens that service the barroom and the dining room — it will be one kitchen. The restaurant is also getting a new chef's counter with seating for four to six people, but chef Abram Bissell tells the Times that "it will not have a tasting menu." Flo Fab notes that the changes will "provide more menu flexibility and more interaction among the cooks."  Stay tuned for more updates on The Modern's revamp as they become available.

White Gold, the new butcher/diner from Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield, is now slated to open in August. Butcher Jocelyn Guest told West Side Rag about the projected opening date at last weekend's A New Taste of the Upper West Side, where she and chef Erika Nakamura served a 244-pound smoked hog.

— The 23-year-old woman who was fatally shot in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Monday was an employee of the Fornino kiosk in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

— On a much lighter note, the Brooklyn Navy Yard will host the African Food Festival on August 13 and 14, featuring food from 25 chefs, plus cooking demos, music, and a marketplace. Tickets start at $30.

— At Dylan's Candy Bar, customers can now turn their selfies into gummy candies.

Valet workers at Long Island City Italian staple Manetta's were recently caught parking cars on the sidewalk around the corner from the restaurant. A manager says that the police gave the restaurant permission to park on the sidewalk, but Pix 11 consumer reporter Arnold Diaz is not convinced that everything's up to code.

Joshua David Stein recommends skipping Feed the Beast, AMC's new show about a Bronx restaurant. Even though Harold Dieterle served as a consultant, in the pilot, the show has laughable mistakes about making coffee and pasta. In his one-out-of-five star review, Stein notes: "If they can't get a bowl of pasta right, what else will Feed the Beast miss? I'm guessing a lot, but I won't be around to find out. Even though it's still the first course, it's time for the check."

A 42-seat restaurant serving "seasonal Japanese home-cooking" is coming to 14 Orchard Street, next to The Leadbelly. It's called Gohan.

EMM Group's head honchos Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum had a joint birthday party at their venue Catch Roof on Monday night that featured cameos from A$AP Rocky, Leonardo DiCaprio, David Blaine, Ja Rule, T.I., Nick Jonas, Jason Derulo, and seven Victoria's Secret models.

Anthony Bourdain tells the Daily News that as much as he disagrees with Donald Trump, he'd still serve him if he came into the chef's restaurant: "I would not refuse service....He's a fellow New Yorker for better or worse. I'm not so sanctimonious as to refuse service just because I disagree with him."

— And finally, here is how to make meatballs like Marco Canora:

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