— The former space of Dahlia’s — which closed after getting busted for underage drinking — is now a quick-service salad restaurant called 100% Healthy Blend. It opened on Saturday and serves DIY salads, juices, smoothies, arepas, and empanadas. The owners of Dahlia’s reportedly also own this alcohol-free venture.
— Clinton Hill gourmet grocery store, bar, and restaurant Mekelburg's is now open late and offering a special late night menu with a fried chicken sandwich. It's served from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. during the week and from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Along with the new late night food menu, all wine and beer will be $1 off for a late night happy hour.
— Times critic Pete Wells debuted his first non-New York review today, of critical darling Cassia in Los Angeles. He awarded the upscale Southeast Asian restaurant three stars.
— Farm-to-table restaurant Black Tree’s Lower East Side location has officially closed in preparation for a revamp. A location in Williamsburg remains open.
— Upper East Side diner Big Daddy’s is closing after 15 years on Second Avenue. The parent company Branded Restaurants plans to move it elsewhere in the neighborhood and put Southern restaurant Duke’s in the space instead.
— Food hall Union Fare will be launching brunch this weekend. The Union Square cafeteria's full-service sit-down restaurant area will offer options like an apple sausage and egg breakfast sandwich on a cinnamon roll, a grain bowl with guacamole, and a breakfast mac and cheese. Eater critic Robert Sietsema recently reviewed Union Fare.
— And finally, here’s how they make pita and hummus at Chelsea Market hotspot Dizengoff: