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Splashy 70s-Themed Bar Vnyl Opening Soon, Farewell to Palace Cafe, and More Intel

Anthony Rudolf announces the closure of the Colab, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[The dining room at Ample Hills in Gowanus[
Daniel Krieger

— To kick off this Friday, here are a five crucial updates on The Vynl House of Cocktail, the forthcoming East Village bar/record store that’s co-owned by Adrian Grenier:

  1. The top floor will have a "Champagne Garden" with a rope swing seat
  2. The basement will rock a "gentlemen’s lounge" with whiskey and TVs showing sports
  3. In terms of food, Vnyl will serve both poke bowls and "candied bacon quinoa sushi with avocado creme"
  4. The bar will have a mezzanine area filled with sofas where bottle service with "table-side mixologists" will be offered
  5. Here’s how co-owner James Morrissey describes the vibe: "The whole interior design approach is to create something which showcases the cocktail era of the 1970s — that Hollywood glam, elegant, chic, sophisticated design approach....But at the same time, it’s merged with that rock 'n' roll spirit."

It’s slated to open in the old Nevada Smith’s space at 100 3rd Avenue on September 9.

Palace Cafe, a Greenpoint dive bar in a mock-Tudor building bordering McGolrick Park, is closing for good after service on September 3. Gothamist notes that the bar has been owned and operated by the same family since 1933. No word yet on what will happen to the space.

— Post-apocalyptic nacho ninja Guy Fieri is in charge of the menu revamp at the Planet Hollywood restaurant in Disney World.

— The David Chang Flavor Factory just cranked out two gooey new dishes: mapo tofu (available for delivery via Ando) and chili cheese fries topped with pepperjack and Sichuan chicken ragu (available at Fuku First Avenue).

— Former Per Se GM Anthony Rudolf is shutting down the Manhattan home base for his hospitality seminar/skill-share/event organization Journee. In an announcement sent around to members and friends, Rudolf writes: "As we head into our second year, we’ll be breaking down walls in a more literal sense—the walls of our Colab. We’ll be leaving the physical space and taking Journee 'on the road.' As I’ve watched the community of nearly 1000 grow and evolve over our first year, I’ve realized that our space needs to be as fluid as the people who are a part of it." The last event at the Colab at 22 W 21st Street will be on August 22. After that, classes and events will be held at other spaces.

— New York-based taqueria mini-chain Calexico recently expanded to Detroit. Local critic Serena Maria Daniels is not impressed: "At Calexico, the beef was chewy cubes of hanger steak, the ‘Chipotle’-style pork drenched in vinegary sauce, the flavor of the pollo asado (grilled chicken) buried under lime juice and black pepper. The tortillas were rubbery."

Danny Bowien is the subject of Pitchfork profile titled: "If Chefs Are the New Rock Stars, Then Danny Bowien Is Eddie Van Halen." The Mission Chinese/Cantina chef/owner is in a band with members of Thursday and Saves the Day called NARX.

The Sprinkles bakery in the former Gino’s space on Lexington Avenue was closed by the DOH this week after an inspector found evidence of mice, among other violations. The shop fixed the issues and reopened on Wednesday.

Five former employees of Whalburgers in Coney Island are suing the franchise operators over alleged wage violations. The workers claim that they didn’t get overtime pay and that this location of the chain had an illegal tip pool. The company is investigating the allegations.

— And finally, here’s how to make Eric Ripert’s ultra-luxe croque monsieur