Freds at Barneys chef is fired
The chef behind signature Barneys restaurant Freds was fired after speaking to the Post about the struggling store’s poor management. A spokesperson tells the Post Mark Strausman was fired for making “disparaging and unprofessional comments” about the company, when he blamed the bankruptcy on the hedge fund manager that took over the chain in 2012, Richard Perry.
Strausman was escorted out of the building Monday to a standing ovation from staff and customers, according to the Post. But Strausman has other plans up his sleeve: He’s opening Mark’s Off Madison at 41 Madison Avenue near Madison Square Park come March.
Pour one out for the Sbarro in Times Square
What will New Yorkers do without the Sbarro in Times Square? The massive 23-year-old location of the national pizza chain at 1606 Broadway, on the corner of 49th Street and Broadway, has closed. The store, most known for its appearance on an episode of The Office, in which Michael Scott dubs it his favorite New York slice, reportedly closed due to a failed lease negotiation.
In other news
— Brooklyn’s favorite new bakery Win Son has secured a liquor license and will begin pouring drinks tonight. Options will run from Taiwanese and local craft beers to Taiwan-influenced cocktails — “Think rye whiskey and pineapple milk,” co-owner Joshua Ku tells Eater.
— Bushwick vegan cafe Sol Sips is closed until December 1; Eater Young Gun (’19) Francesca Chaney announced on Instagram that she’s taking a six-week hiatus. She says she’ll open her second restaurant First Sunday on the Lower East Side in the meantime.
— Lindsay Lohan’s in town for her pop-up nightclub Elevate, which was hosted at the Playboy Club this past weekend.
— The Central Brooklyn Food Coop, an upcoming black-led community supermarket, has launched a kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising $25,000 to fuel its opening in 2020.
— There’s a new stall in the Urbanspace at Vanderbilt food hall that acts as a restaurant incubator for up-and-coming chefs. First up is chef Edie Ugot with Meryenda, which serves Filipino fare like pork and shrimp lumpia.
— Soon-to-reopen historic steakhouse Gage & Tollner has a pastry chef: Caroline Schiff (the Good Fork, Mas (La Grillade), Maysville), who will be revitalizing classics like housemade orange sorbet as well as making her custom cakes.
— A Japanese izakaya and events space are headed to the former Output nightclub space in Greenpoint, at 74 Wythe Avenue.