Ray’s Candy Store lands a Kim Kardashian visit and a new sign
NYC-based illustrator Peach Tao, along with assistance from artists Will DeNatale and Shreya Gupta, is almost done working on the new flashy sign for the long-standing Ray’s Candy Store. Kim Kardashian West got a glimpse of the new sign when she dropped by the shop last night around 6:45 along with Simon Huck, Jonathan Cheban, and La La Anthony. She posted from Ray’s in her Instagram story, documenting the group ordering deep-fried Oreos and milkshakes. Kendall Jenner was at Ray’s earlier this week.
Restaurant owner awarded over $10K from Grubhub
A restaurant owner who wished to remain anonymous told the Post he received a refund of over $10,000 from Grubhub after complaining about the delivery app’s fees, something that many restaurateurs have gathered together to push back against recently. Initially, the anonymous restaurant owner was told by the company that it could only refund him for charges in the past 60 days, but after he refused to accept, he was eventually refunded for charges going back to 2014, totaling to over $10,000. Grubhub is set to appear before NYC’s city council in a hearing on Thursday that will address the matter of its shady phone call charges. Some restaurant owners intend to publicly testify against the company, including George Tenedios, owner of 18 Fresh&Co locations.
Ritz-Carlton Central Park’s new revamp brings new restaurant
The Ritz-Carlton on Central Park has undergone some changes, including the addition of a new all-day dining concept called Contour, a lounge with classic cocktails and cocktails with seasonal ingredients. The menu is divided into sections called “for us” and “for me,” offering a menu of share plates and entrees. There is a long bar and lounge-style seating as well as some marble tables.
New Jersey bans betting on annual NYC hot dog eating contest
The annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is right around the corner on July 4, and Joey “Jaws” Chestnut is predicted to win for the fourth year in a row. Apparently, this incredibly high-stakes event draws gamblers. But this year, New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement has denied requests for bets on the wild event.
Video released of man choking bodega worker during robbery
The NYPD has released footage of a man using his arm to choke a 21-year-old bodega worker during a robbery at a Queens bodega on 63rd Road near 99th Street in Rego Park. The robbery took place in the early morning on June 15, and the suspects took $2,200 from the register. The bodega worker was also stabbed during the attack but was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and was in stable condition. While an accomplice was caught, the suspect involved in the choking has not been apprehended.
Trouble for Circo’s Texas location
The Dallas-based offshoot of Circo and Le Cirque known as Circo TX has closed. There seems to be a lot of confusion about the closure: Circo TX CEO Lauren Santagati notes that it’s still in negotiations, while the New York-based CEO of Le Cirque International, Carlo Mantica, says it’s closed for now but may reopen in the same location or a new one. In any case, the restaurant is closed, following a slew of messes that include going through at least four executive chefs in its mere nine months, bounced paychecks, and “unending chaos.”