— Century-old First Avenue Italian restaurant Lanza’s was seized by the marshal this week for non-payment of taxes. EV Grieve reports that a notice from the State's Department of Taxation and Finance is also hanging in the window. The phone line is still connected — although nobody’s picking up this morning — and the website and Facebook page are still live. Stay tuned for more updates on the fate of this Italian-American old-timer as they become available.
— Everyone’s favorite former line cook Anthony Bourdain is going to be doing a live show at BAM on November 22. According to the BAM homepage, this will feature "an unyielding, brutally honest monologue reflecting on diverse culture, street cuisine, and his travels to lesser-known locations around the world," plus a Q & A. Tickets start at $78. They go on sale to the general public on July 28.
— Still not up-to-speed on the Pokemon Go phenomenon? Take a minute to watch the Post's instructional video starring critic Steve Cuozzo.
— The team from Prospect Heights hit El Atoradero is taking over the space next door at 706 Washington Avenue with plans to open a mezcal bar. Chef Denisse Lina Chavez will create a special menu for this new bar, which will likely include snacks like peanuts and spiked chickpeas, as well as ceviche and tacos de canasta, which Grub Street notes are "preformed and steamed in baskets." It’s slated to open this fall.
— On Wednesday night, a prankster wrote "warning, entering douche zone" and "warning, bullshit zone ahead" on the sidewalk outside of Ludlow House.
— Martha Stewart attended the Citymeals on Wheels benefit at the Four Seasons on Wednesday night, which ended with some of America’s most famous male chefs posing for photos without their pants in the pool. Stewart tells Saveur: "I’ve been coming here since 1961....Isn’t that just horrible?" The restaurant's last night in the Seagram Building is this Saturday.
— David Chang includes Superiority Burger on his list of his three favorite small businesses in NYC. The Changster tells Bond Street: "Long story short, I love this place because Brooks Headley and his team rule. I've always been a fan. Brooks has a distinct point of view, isn't afraid to explore new ideas, and reflects this in everything he does. NYC needs more of it."
— Gray Kunz is keen on opening more locations of his Saratoga Springs steakhouse Salt & Char. The former Lespinasse chef/restaurateur explains his approach to the tired steakhouse genre: "I’ve always thought that if the Swiss people don’t go back to fondue sooner or later, they’re not doing a good job. And if Americans don’t go back to the steakhouse sooner or later, then we’re not doing a good job. I think that’s the element that’s always intrigued me. I like steak itself, and I like the idea of challenging new cuts, working with local farmers up in that area, the prospect of working with butchers."
— Iron Sushi on East 10th Street is closed and a "for rent" sign is now hanging in the window. In other neighborhood news, another sushi restaurant is slated to open around the corner at 350 E. 9th St.
— And finally, here are five unusual ways to open wine bottles: