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Remembering Michel Richard, Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen Temporarily Closes, and More Intel

Steve Cuozzo thinks hip restaurants are waging war against old people, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[The dining room at Butter Midtown]
[The dining room at Butter Midtown]
Daniel Krieger

Acclaimed French-born chef Michel Richard died because of complications related to a stroke on Saturday morning. He was 68. The chef earned national acclaim for his D.C. French-American restaurant Citronelle. He also operated restaurants in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. New York diners may remember his shortly-lived project in The New York Palace Hotel, Villard Michel Richard, which was the subject of brutal reviews from the local critics. His book Happy in the Kitchen is regarded as a classic. Here are some remembrance from Twitter:

Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen is closed until further notice. A message on the restaurant’s homepage explains: "Unfortunately, we continue to experience power related issues. As a result, the restaurant will be closed until further notice. Very sorry for the inconvenience. We are working to have this resolved as swiftly as possible." The restaurant opened at the end of May.

Post critic Steve Cuozzo thinks that there’s an "undeclared war on clientele over age 50" in New York City right now. The Cuozz writes: "I got funny looks when I popped into mosh pits like Via Carota and Babu-Ji — hmm, where should we put this geezer? — until someone recognized my name. Meals at both, as well as at The Breslin, Pearl & Ash, Freud, Momofuku Nishi, Le Turtle, La Pecora Bianca and Pasquale Jones, left me numb from compound ear, throat and spinal damage."

Tribeca Citizen likes the food at Eataly Downtown’s seafood restaurant Il Pesce, but he thinks the service could use a little work. One observation: "There were a lot of kids—and this was at the seafood restaurant. That’s life in Lower Manhattan, of course, especially at weekend lunch. I wonder whether Eataly had any idea of how desperate families in FiDi and Battery Park City are for new places to eat: The staff didn’t seem to know what to do with people’s strollers."

‚— Flatbush Avenue favorite Peppa’s is expanding to Crown Heights. A new location of the jerk chicken restaurant is slated to open by the end of the month at 791 Prospect Pl. near Nostrand Avenue. Here’s a "Sietsema’s Secrets" profile of Peppa’s:

L’Asso on the corner of Kenmare and Mott is now open again. The pizzeria closed one week ago for renovations.

— East Village mystery: The former Nino’s pizzeria space on the corner of Avenue A and St. Mark’s Place is now full of beer kegs. The storefront is currently on the market.

Daniel Wenger of Tables for Two visits Brookfield Place’s French food hall: "Le District has the feel of a literal-minded love letter to France. With its bottlenecked aisles and wilted to-go salads, it emphasizes the encyclopedic over the local and the fresh—seemingly out of synch with a Manhattan dining scene that has trended West Coast in recent years. Still, there’s a mad charm to the monomania, especially when it comes to L’Appart, an eight-table ‘private apartment’ hidden behind a leather-padded door, off a hallway stacked high with chocolate bars and spatulas."

— After his meal at Mastro’s in Midtown last week, Jamie Foxx jumped on stage and performed a Ray Charles song with the house band.

The owner of the Moonstruck diner mini-chain is planning to open a new restaurant called Tivoli Café Bar & Grill in the old Lyric Diner space on the corner of Third Avenue and 22nd Street.

Restaurateur slash Food TV personality Donatella Arpaia is being sued by a former lawyer over $27,000 in bills that she allegedly forgot to pay. The complaint notes: "In plaintiff’s humble opinion, such a fine, accomplished and successful individual should pay her just debts." According to his lawyer, the plaintiff thinks "these invoices just slipped through the cracks."

— And finally, here’s a look at the bread-baking operation at Arcade Bakery: