Power Lunches Still Going Strong; 2009 Is the Year of the Bruni One-Star

• Despite the tough economic times, the power-lunch scene is still strong at restaurants like The Four Seasons and Michael's. [Crain's]

• With the exception of Daniel and the John Dory, all of Frank Bruni's reviews this year have been one-stars. [NY Journal]

• San Francisco–based Top Chef cheftestant Jamie Lauren is considering opening a soup restaurant here in New York. [Andrew Zimmern via Eater]

• An Atlanta woman found what has been identified as "a vertebra from a small mammal" inside an M&M. [Fox News via Eater]

• On last night's Tonight Show, Gordon Ramsay made crêpes with Russell Brand and Jay Leno. [Eat Me Daily]

• Fusion Wraps has closed and staffers at the Village Voice, whose offices are next door to the restaurant, are sad. [Fork in the Road/VV]

• The East Village is temporarily down one falafel spot, as Tahini has been DOH'd. [Down by the Hipster]

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Filed Under: closings, frank bruni, fusion wraps, jamie lauren, mediavore, michael's, power lunches, tahini, the four seasons, top chef new york

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