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Man Allegedly Poses as Charlie Bird’s Owner to Sexually Harass Staffer, Suit Says

Plus, a new zero waste restaurant in Brooklyn — and more intel

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Charlie Bird is suing a man for allegedly posing as owner

Here’s a prank call from hell: A man allegedly called esteemed Soho American restaurant Charlie Bird pretending to be owner Robert Bohr — and then asked the hostess to meet a “nerdy, older friend and client” and get naked “while the ‘friend’ pleasured himself,” according to a new lawsuit reported by the Post.

He was apparently so convincing that the hostess considered suing Bohr for the call, which “traumatized” her, the suit says. Charlie Bird reportedly spent $90,000 to investigate her allegations, ultimately finding that the caller was actually Steven F. Ferris, who has previously been convicted for sexual harassment over the phone.

Now, Charlie Bird is suing Ferris, asking for $140,000 for the whole debacle. Ferris, the Post reports, had arrests as far back as 1990.

In other news:

— Just look at this elaborate historical scenes on Chinese life made out of dumpling dough, made by RedFarm chef Joe Ng. They’re made only out of gluten flour, rice flour, water, and salt, and they’re glorious.

— The former Mettā space in Fort Greene will soon have a new restaurant called Rhodora. The menu is simple, like oysters and charcuterie, but the mission is to truly be a zero waste restaurant.

— Meatpacking District today gains a location of Catch Steak, with lots and lots of meat. It’s in the sprawling ex-La Sirena space in the Maritime Hotel and run by the the clubby Catch Hospitality Group.

— A thief stole doughnuts from Dunkin’ when he couldn’t get cash.

— Salad chain Sweetgreen is giving $1 million to healthy school lunch nonprofit FoodCorps.

— Lol:

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