David Chang Expands On Toronto Venture; Sam Talbot Wants Us to Focus on Food, Not Face


Rocco Ancarola has broken off his partnership with Greenwich Village gastropub Rabbit in the Moon and is now working with Lavo. Rabbit was quickly sold and renamed the State Room. [Page Six]

More details on David Chang’s Toronto venture: The first floor will feature “some type of rendition of Noodle Bar.” The second floor will be a bar, and the third will house Daisho. [Toronto Star]

Some of the hungriest neighborhoods in the country are in New York City, including the South Bronx, which is struggling now more than ever. [NY Daily News]

An upstate New York meat manufacturer is recalling about 3,000 pounds of bologna products that may be contaminated with bacteria. [Wall Street Journal]

Sam Talbot wants people to stop paying attention to his dreamy looks, hot tattooed bod, and playboy lifestyle, and just focus on his food at Imperial No. Nine already. [NY Times]

Frankies Spuntino in Carroll Gardens is now taking credit cards. Reservations, however, are still not taken. [Diner’s Journal]

The North Carolina soda-pop brand Cheerwine is experiencing a boom, likely due to heavy promotion on Facebook and Twitter. [Diner’s Journal]

A growing number of pedigreed chefs are taking jobs in the kitchens of frat houses across the country, which they say is less stressful than restaurant work. [Wall Street Journal]

A handful of chefs in Hong Kong are starting to use Rusulka, a Chinese caviar from man-made Qiandaohu Lake. [Wall Street Journal]

Matt Levine has sold his Lower East Side hot spot the Eldridge after three years in business, and plans to open a restaurant in the neighborhood. [Page Six]

Several towns in Maine have declared “food sovereignty,” exempting themselves from state and federal food-safety regulations in order to preserve the local food system. [Food Safety News]