In the News: The Butterfly Will Be “Primarily” a Bar

••• Remember how Michael White’s Altamarea Group said that the Butterfly, the upcoming W. Broadway restaurant, would be a restaurant, then more of a bar, then recanted that and insisted it would be a restaurant? In an interview with Eater, bartender Eben Freeman says it’ll be “primarily, a cocktail destination.”

••• “Hudson River Park Damage Estimated at $10M. The hard-hit park will be repaired gradually, as funds become available.” —DNAinfo

••• “A restaurateur says he was unfairly chopped out of ‘Iron Chef’ star Masaharu Morimoto’s Tribeca eatery before its grand opening. In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Michael Wainstein says that Morimoto’s Tribeca Canvas was his idea and that he sank $1 million into it before he was ousted by other investors. Wainstein said the falling-out came after he asked for an accounting of the cash he had already invested and questioned why Morimoto said he needed more.” —New York Post

••• Curbed has update its Zone A building guide.

••• Eater reports on the Seaport restaurant situation, and the Wall Street Journal looks at the neighborhood in general.

••• “Stephen Hanson’s BR Guest Hospitality group has signed a deal to open yet another Bill’s Bar & Burger. This one’s headed to the New York Marriott Financial Center, at 85 West Street in Battery Park City, making it the fourth Bill’s, following its meatpacking flagship, its Rockefeller Center expansion, and the chainlet’s most recent foray into new territory, at Harrah’s in Atlantic City.” Wait, if it’s on the east side of West Street, isn’t that FiDi and not Battery Park City? —Grub Street


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