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Hot Shot Chefs Land at the U.S. Open, Salvation Burger Gets Closer to Reopening, and More Intel

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Felidia and Ribalta help victims of the earthquake in Italy, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

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— The "food village" at this year’s U.S. Open includes stands from Fuku, Korilla, BLT Fish Shack, Neapolitan Express, and Angry Taco. The food zone also has a version of Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s Toro, a wine bar from Tony Mantuano, an outpost of BLT Prime by David Burke, and a seafood restaurant from Masaharu Morimoto and Ed Brown. The Fuku stand is serving a new version of the chicken sandwich with applewood smoked bacon and ranch dressing. The U.S. open runs from August 29 through September 11 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens.

April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman’s Salvation Burger has been closed since a fire ripped through the kitchen on May 16. But now, it looks like the team is getting close to reopening. Salvation Burger is hosting an open call for staff at the end of the month.

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne dined at Tamarind in Tribeca three nights in a row this week.

Although she admits that it’s not the best in the city, Ligaya Mishan likes the hummus at Dizengoff in Chelsea Market quite a bit. And the critic really digs the meat and vegetables that Emily Seaman cooks up: "The genius lies in the toppings, several of which are on offer each day, following the seasons and Ms. Seaman’s moods. Recent improvisations include Italian long hot peppers, fried and crushed with coarsely ground hazelnuts, exuding a languorous heat; eggplant, deep-fried and tangy from a night in brine; and ground lamb contoured with fenugreek, paprika and cumin, under shattered almonds."

— The Staten Island Brewing Company is opening a taproom next month in Mariners Harbor.

— Although paper is now up in the windows of The Village Pourhouse on Third Avenue, the East Village bar is not closed — it’s just undergoing some renovations.

— Lidia Bastianich’s Midtown East restaurant Felidia is raising money to help victims of the earthquake in Italy. The restaurant will donate proceeds from orders of chitarra all’ Amatriciana during lunch and dinner to relief organizations. Next month, Felidia will also host a special benefit dinner, although no word yet on an exact date. Ribalta near Union Square is also donating $4 from every order of Amatriciana pasta to earthquake relief organizations from now through the end of September.

The opening of the Brooklyn location of Alamo Drafthouse got pushed back. Although the team had originally announced plans to open the popular movie theater/restaurant/bar complex this month, the company released a statement this week that explains: "Getting a business open in New York is...complicated. So, back to the original question: when is the theater opening? To be perfectly honest, we don’t have an answer right now."

— Today is the last day to try the Roker Burger at NYC-area Shack Shacks. This limited-time-only special was created in collaboration with Today Show weatherman Al Roker. It’s a burger topped with pulled pork, red-eye mayo, American cheese, and pickles. The Roker Burger costs $7.49, and $1 from every burger will go to No Kid Hungry.

— And finally, here's a look at Hearth's "variety burger":

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