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Grocery Kingpin Eli Zabar Sues Landlords for $5 Million

Plus, No. 7 Sub is shuttering in the Ace Hotel — and more intel

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Eli Zabar
Eli Zabar
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Eli Zabar sues landlord to stop eviction

Grocery kingpin Eli Zabar has sued the landlord of his Upper East Side cafe E.A.T. to stave off eviction. In the suit, Zabar claims his landlords are trying to “harass” and “bully” him out of his lease at 1064 Madison Ave., between 80th and 81st streets, before it expires in 2027. Zabar is seeking $5 million in damages from his landlords as well as an injunction allowing him to continue his lease for E.A.T., which opened in 1973. Zabar filed the suit after receiving a notice of default for eight alleged lease violations, which he says he refuted or fixed. The full complaint is below.

No. 7 Sub in the Ace Hotel will close at the end of the month

After eight years in the Ace Hotel, No. 7 Sub is closing on February 23. In the weeks leading up to its closing, the sub shop will be bringing back some of its past subs and is taking requests on social media. No. 7 fans can still get their broccoli fix at the sub shop in the Plaza Food Hall, the No. 7 North bar in Greenpoint, and the No. 7 Restaurant in Fort Greene.

Closed vegan ice cream shop still owes rent

Dairy-free ice cream shop DF Mavens closed in January 2016 after two years at its St. Mark’s location. But according to a notice taped to the storefront of the empty space, the owners still owe rent for January and February totaling to over $25,000 per month as well as back-taxes. In total, DF Mavens owes $54,111.85.

Txikito goes Georgian for a night

Stellar Chelsea tapas restaurant Txikito is going Georgian for a night, teaming up with food writer Carla Capalbo (author of Tasting Georgia) to cook dishes from the country located on the Europe-Asia border. Tickets to the event — $65 for dinner and dessert — on February 20 are available here. For a look at Georgia’s most famous food, khachapuri, watch below: