Next Chefs Club chef is a star from Paris
Chefs Club in Soho has announced its next chef-in-residence, Sota Atsumi, the former executive chef of acclaimed Clown Bar in Paris. Atsumi headed up Clown Bar, which in 2016 Eater critic Ryan Sutton called “the most thrilling restaurant in Paris,” and he’s now working to open his first solo project Maison. Before that, he’ll be previewing the restaurant from April 26 through July with dishes that combine French and Japanese techniques and food. The a la carte or $85 five-course menu include dishes such as crispy sunchokes with Comté, walnut, and sea urchin as well as French toast with squid ink, lentils, and egg yolk. Reservations here.
Find a sugar baby or sugar daddy at Anthony Scaramucci’s Midtown restaurant
A “Sugar Social” will be held this Thursday at Hunt & Fish Club — former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s Midtown restaurant — connecting sugar daddies with their potential sugar babies. His reps tell the Post that the Mooch will not be in attendance and he and his team “neither condone nor endorse” the event.
Chris Rock pays for strangers’ dinner
Funny man Chris Rock tried to dine solo at a packed La Esquina last week, but couldn’t find a place to sit. So he did the next logical thing: sit with two strangers at the downtown Mexican restaurant and subsequently cover their tab. He reportedly left $1,000 cash on the table and peaced out.
Salt Bae’s restaurant group is in serious debt
Looks like Salt Bae is in a little bit of financial trouble — or at least his parent restaurant group is. Dogus Holding AS is reportedly negotiating debt of as much as $2.5 billion, trying to work with local lenders to restructure the outstanding money. Salt Bae has departed New York City following the opening of his panned Midtown steakhouse Nusr-et.
Food vendor tried to run from $117k in fines
A street food vendor skipped out on $117,300 in fines from the Department of Health by reapplying for new licenses under slightly altered names for years rather than renew licenses that had fines racked up on them. Abdelhakim Hassan Ganash pulled this off three times in the last 10 years, and the Post reports that he’s likely not the only one. A judge has reprimanded the DOH for “failing to better scrutinize applicants.”
Community board meeting updates
Two new liquor licenses were approved on the Upper West Side, including the return of Druze restaurant Gazala’s Place, but at 447 Amsterdam Ave., as well as a new French bistro at 491 Columbus Ave. Meanwhile down on the Lower East Side, both French-Brazilian restaurant Brigitte at 37 Canal St. and potential upcoming bar the Marilyn at 73 Monroe St. applied for basement licenses, but only Brigitte was approved.