Six Fewer Starbucks for Midtown
  • Ten of the 600 Starbucks that will be shuttered in 2009 are in New York City; six of them are located in Midtown. [NYT]
  • Newsflash: rising rents are forcing bistros to clear out of the Meatpacking district in favor of boutiques. [The Villager]
  • Giorgio DeLuca of Dean & DeLuca fame will close his Tribeca restaurant Giorgione 508 at the end of July. [Eater]
  • Dan Kaufman, owner of upscale Brooklyn Heights ice cream shop Blue Pig (among other 718 spots), was busted for stealing $25K from customers by double-swiping their credit cards. [NYP]
  • There's now Il Buco olive oil to go with your Rao's tomato sauce. [NYDN]