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Apotheke Bartender Killed in Hit & Run Accident, Sac’s Place Expands, and More Intel

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A sneak peek at the new mini food hall inside the Williamsburg Whole Foods, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[The dining room at The Little Beet in Midtown]
[The dining room at The Little Beet in Midtown]
Daniel Krieger

An Apotheke bartender named Matthew Von Ohlen was killed on Saturday morning when a car slammed into him as he was biking home from his shift. The accident happened on Grand Street in Williamsburg around 2:30 a.m. A witness tells the Daily News: "The car just hit him and left." Von Ohlen co-founded the company Bikestock, which operates bike repair kiosks around the city.

— The owners of 27-year-old Astoria slice favorite Sac’s Place are planning to open another pizzeria at 86-14 37th Ave. in Jackson Heights. No word yet on when it will make its debut.

In her mostly positive review of John Fraser’s Nix, Tables for Two’s Shuana Lyon gets to the bottom of that beguiling name: "Leave it to Fraser’s co-owner, James Truman, formerly the editorial director of Condé Nast, to spin the word ‘Nix,’ shrouding it in mysterious new meaning. In fact, it refers to a Supreme Court case from 1893 in which it was deemed that tomatoes should be considered a vegetable, because they are eaten for dinner, not dessert."

— When it opens later this month, the Williamsburg Whole Foods will contain a little food hall. Here’s a peek through the window:

It’s slated to open on July 26 with Roberta’s baked goods and lobster tail skewers from Luke’s Lobster.

Courtney Love and her boyfriend, filmmaker Nicholas Jarecki, had a dinner date at Surf Lodge in Montauk over the weekend.

— More Hamptons celebrity gossip: Scott Disick backed out of a $50,000 appearance at AM (previously 1Oak) in Southampton last weekend because he didn’t want to upset his friend Richie Akiva, who is no longer involved in the venue.

And speaking of 1Oak, a bouncer at the Manhattan location of the club named Eddie Bilowich has applied for a liquor license in the Eldridge Street space that formerly housed Fontana’s. The previous tenants decided to close up shop after the landlord raised the rent to $30,000 per month.

— Here is an Instagram video from the king of summer himself, Jean-Georges Vongerichten:

#big #jump in #donut #pool #newyork

A video posted by Jean-Georges (@chefjgv) on

Someone spray-painted the phrases "do not rent here," "do not buy here," and "boycott in effect" on the sidewalk in front of the shuttered Stage Restaurant on Second Avenue. As you may recall, the cherished greasy spoon closed earlier this year after a long legal battle with the landlord, Icon Realty. Now The Kati Roll Company is planning to move in.

Competitive eating champion Joey Chestnut won the Nathan’s Fourth of July hot dog eating contest by downing 70 sausages in 10 minutes.

— And finally, here’s a look at the pizza at Staten Island institution Joe & Pat’s:

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