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Russ & Daughters Alleges Netflix Star Chef Ripped Off Its Iconic Appetizing Design

Plus, IHOP is opening a new to-go concept — and more intel

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Inside Russ & Daughters
Russ & Daughters has opened several cafes.
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Russ & Daughters alleges celebrity chef ripped off iconic appetizing’s iconic design

In a scathing Instagram post, the fourth generation co-owners of NYC’s legendary Russ & Daughters called out celebrity chef Nick Liberato of Netflix’s “Restaurants on the Edge” to change the design of his soon-to-open restaurant in New Jersey. The new business allegedly copies much of the brand’s “iconic design and message,” according to the social media post that’s signed off by co-owners Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper. They added: “These are elements that have been intrinsic to Russ & Daughters for 107 years.”

Liberato’s the Borscht Belt is set to open in Stockton, New Jersey, this spring, according to its website. He’s called it a “love letter to the Jewish Delicatessen,” though the IG post points out that Russ & Daughters is actually an appetizing store, which opened in 1914.

The IG posts asks Liberato to change the design of the Borscht Belt — similar to what he does for other restaurants on his Netflix show — ahead of its opening. Eater has reached out to both parties for further comment.

In other news

— The International House of Pancakes is planning to debut a grab-and-go concept this summer in NYC. Called Flip’d, IHOP’s signature pancakes and other items like egg sandwiches and burritos will be available to-go.

Smorgasburg returns to the Oculus today and will be open on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

— A number of vendors will participate in an anti-hate street market, organized by Black Seed Bagels’s executive chef Dianna Daoheung, on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the bagel shop’s Bushwick location, 379 Suydam Street. They are raising funds for AAPI non-profit organizations, such as Stop AAPI Hate.

— Heart of Dinner, which started early on during the pandemic to help feed Asian American senior citizens, has two upcoming benefits: the online grocer Umamicart is hosting a virtual dumpling making class ($65) with chef Simone Tong on May 25. Brooklyn Brewery recently released its Brooklyn To Tokyo Yuzu Sour and will donate $1 for each can sold to the nonprofit.

— All three Urbanspace food halls have officially reopened.

— Shelly Fireman’s Redeye Grill, a favorite amongst the pre-theater crowd and Carnegie Hall crowd, has also reopened.

— Four months until Broadway reopens:

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