— Danny Meyer’s original hit Union Square Cafe is slated to reopen in its new home on the corner of Park Avenue and East 19th Street early next week. Meyer's partner Richard Coraine tells Flo Fab that all the managers and approximately a third of the servers from the original restaurant have returned. For the first time ever, Union Square Cafe will be baking its own bread, and chef Carmen Quagliata is adding some new items to the menu like polenta with sweet potatoes, and braised lamb shank with salsa verde. Stay tuned for more details on the rebirth of Danny Meyer’s blockbuster later this week.
— Notorious annual holiday pub crawl Santacon is just 10 days away. EV Grieve notes that Third Avenue dive bar The Continental has a sign up in the window welcoming the costumed revelers, while Barcade on St. Mark’s has a poster indicating that drunk Santas are not welcome.
— Dan Hoyt, the former chef of East Village vegan restaurant Quintessence, pleaded guilty to harassment charges in court this week. Earlier this year, he was arrested for pleasuring himself in front of a woman on the N-Train platform at the East 8th Street station. Hoyt was sentenced to time served, and the Post points out that he still has an open case for two similar acts several years ago.
— The owners of the Bareburger chain are planning a barbecue restaurant in the Astoria space that housed their fried chicken flop Burnside Biscuits. Called Salt & Bone, the restaurant is slated to open in January.
— David Bouley is keeping his flagship fine dining restaurant Bouley open through the end of the "first quarter of 2017." The chef previously announced plans to close the restaurant this year and move it to a smaller space. Now he says via Twitter that the new iteration of Bouley will debut in Tribeca in "2018-2019."
— The Brooklyn spinoff of Katz’s Delicatessen in the Dekalb Market is going to open in spring 2017, according to signage outside the complex in Downtown Brooklyn. This will be the legendary delicatessen’s first expansion in its 126 years in business.
— A marshal’s note is now hanging up in the window of 100% Healthy Blend, the salad restaurant that replaced Dahlia’s on First Avenue and East Fifth Street three months ago. Dahlia’s closed shortly after the restaurant got caught serving underage guests, and the SLA took away its liquor license.
— Matt Abramcyk and Akiva Elstein’s new Tribeca restaurant Yves is now serving lunch, with a menu that includes chicken meatballs, potato gnocchi, hanger steak, and grilled branzino. Brunch begins this weekend.
— During an opening party for the new Lower East Side location of Serafina, guests noticed that a woman was getting ready to jump off the building across the street from the restaurant. Page Six reports that Serafina manager Goran Jokic ran over and somehow managed to get to the top of the building to help bring her to safety. The woman was later taken to the hospital.
— The people behind fried fish operation Bon Chovie closed their Bay Ridge shop last month, but they’re planning to reopen the restaurant at 884 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill tomorrow.
— Bar Works, a company that has opened co-working offices in former bar and restaurant spaces, is moving into a warehouse at 242 Metropolitan Ave in Williamsburg. Only one of the company’s six locations has a liquor license, but the team is trying to get permission to serve alcohol at all of them. Managing director Franklin Kinard explains: "The ability for us to serve alcohol at events is a lucrative avenue for us."