— The recently-unionized staff of Midtown tourist trap Ellen’s Stardust Diner stopped performing show tunes for part of the afternoon yesterday to protest the firing of several of their fellow employees. Members of the staff think that some of the crew members were canned for unionizing. Ken Sturm says that they were fired for "valid reasons."
— The hit-makers at Noho Hospitality Group (The Dutch, Locanda Verde, Lafayette, Bar Primi, Little Park) are working on a new hotel project in Detroit with the luxury brand Shinola. No word yet on what Andrew Carmellini, Josh Pickard, and Luke Ostrom are planning for the new 130 + room hotel at 1400 Woodward in downtown Detroit, but the project is slated to open in fall 2018. The Noho team is currently in the midst of opening a handful of venues inside Williamsburg’s monster William Vale Hotel.
— The Feast of San Gennaro kicks off tonight in Little Italy. In addition to the usual roster of zeppole and sausage stands, Rubirosa will have a pizza booth out on Mulberry Street, and Pasquale Jones is going to host a series of star-studded family-style meals during the feast inside the restaurant. Who's the Boss? star Tony Danza will host a meatball eating contest at the feast next week.
— Streecha, the ultra-cheap East 7th Street basement cafe affiliated with the St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church, returned from a brief summer vacation this week. EV Grieve notes that the restaurant just added service on Wednesday and Thursday, so now it’s open every day except Monday and Tuesday.
— The proprietors of M. Wells Steakhouse in Long Island City are planning to launch a lending library in the vacant lot next to their restaurant.
— Instagram-friendly flash mob picnic Dinner en Blanc is this evening. Participants will be texted the location at some point today.
— The new outpost of Tompkins Square Bagels is slated to open by the end of the month at 184 Second Avenue. Signage just went up on the front of the space.
—The fifth anniversary party for MePa clubstaurant Catch was attended by Kendall Jenner, Leonardo DiCaprio, Axl Rose, Ja Rule, Q-Tip, and Chris Rock, who roasted fellow guest Dave Chappelle. The Post also reports that the week before last, Catch co-owner Eugene Remm got married to super model Valerie Goldin.
— Viral milkshake specialist Black Tap is teaming up with Mamaroneck hot dog legend Walter’s for a few specials this weekend. Tomorrow, both locations of Black Tap will be serving a "Cookies & Cream Supreme" shake made with Walter’s Oreo ice cream. And on Saturday and Sunday, Walter’s hot dogs and curly fries will be available at Black Tap.
— And speaking of Walter’s, here’s a special episode of The Meat Show that was filmed at the Westchester County stand: