Booze 'n Bribes Inspectors Accused of Taking Applebee's Meals in Exchange for Speedy Liquor Licenses

Robert De Niro is taking Nobu to Russia, with a new location set to open in Moscow. Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa says he's looking forward to creating Russian dishes with local caviar and seafood. [Bloomberg]

The Wall Street Journal looks at high-end BYOB restaurants, like Alto and The Modern, and reports that Danny Meyer will start a $10 corkage program at Union Square Café next month. [Wall Street Journal]

Harrods of London is selling a rare crop of Spanish cherries bred to be harvested several weeks before cherry-picking season for a whopping £3 per cherry. The £195-per-kilo ($130-per-pound) fruit is selling like hotcakes. [Daily Mail]

A month after dropping his proposal for a soda tax, Governor Paterson has penned an article for The New England Journal of Medicine that equates taxes on sodas and sugary sports drinks to tobacco taxes. [NY Times]

Liquor inspectors in the "Booze 'n Bribes" scandal reportedly accepted cash, as well as Applebee's gift cards in exchange for expediting liquor licenses, cutting wait times for payers from six months down to 11 days. [NY Daily News]


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