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Pierre Loti, the five-year-old Gramercy wine bar, has opened up an outpost in Midtown. It has a Mediterranean-focused menu, signature cocktails, and a wine list focused on France but with bottles from around the world. Pierre Loti, 300 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-755-5684.
Dohyo, located inside the new Yotel hotel, features a Latin-focused menu created by chef Richard Sandoval. Dohyo, Yotel, 570 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10036, 646-449-7790.
Old Town Hot Pot has opened in the West Village, serving Mongolian dishes and specialties from Beijing. Old Town Hot Pot, 70 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, 212-929-2188.
In the former La Focaccia space in the West Village comes Tremont, named for a neighborhood in Cleveland. The menu will be less Midwestern and more Mediterranean. Tremont, 51 Bank St., New York, NY 10014, 212-488-1019.
Alain Allegretti, whose eponymous restaurant shuttered last year, is rumored to be opening a new restaurant in Chelsea by the end of the year. No word yet on the name.
Birreria, the beer garden set atop Eataly on Fifth Avenue and 23rd St., has finally opened. There's a retractable roof, making it free of the elements, hot or cold, rain or shine. Italian pub grub will be served along with the sudsy stuff. Birreria, Eataly, 200 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-937-8910.

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News Bytes
What's in a Name?
The new Upper West Side avant-garde Spanish eatery Graffit has changed its name to Gastroarte due to a potential lawsuit with the owners of Indian restaurant Graffiti. Gastroarte, 141 W. 69th St., New York, NY 10023, 646-692-8762.
Blind, Hungry Tiger
Blind Tiger, the popular West Village pub, is going gastro. They've introduced a new lunch menu that includes beer-braised pulled pork, deviled eggs, and creamy tomato soup. Blind Tiger, 281 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014, 212-462-4682.
Dad's Day Dessert
Any dad who dines at on Father's Day Sunday, June 19, will get a complimentary glass of dessert wine or port. Pò, 31 Cornelia St., New York, NY 10014, 212-645-2189.
Cesare's Sicily
Cesare Casella, from Salumeria Rosi, will be leading a culinary tour of Sicily September 4-11. Guests will be taken on an intimate, eight-day cooking tour that includes traditional, Sicilian culinary techniques, innovative use of the region's seasonal ingredients, private tours within local establishments, and tastings inside central production hubs. For more info, visit

Chef Shuffle
Nick Curtin, chef at the new restaurant Compose, is already leaving his post at the TriBeCa eatery. It is reported he'll go on to his own ventures, which have yet to be declared. There is no word on his replacement yet. Compose, 77 Worth St., New York, NY 10013, 212-226-1444.
East Village bistro Goat Town has a new chef: Jessica Wilson (late of A Voce and Prune) is now the top toque. Goat Town, 511 E. 5th St., New York, NY 10009, 212-687-3641.
Brad McDonald, late of Alain Ducasse at the Essex House and Per Se, is the new chef at Brooklyn's Colonie. He replaces Alex Sorenson who is moving on to open his own restaurant. Colonie, 127 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-855-7500.


After 18 years in business, Chelsea restaurant Viceroy has closed. Viceroy, 160 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Madison Avenue's old-school red sauce Italian restaurant Meli Melo has shut down. Meli Melo, 110 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016, no phone.
John Fraser's NoLIta pop-up restaurant, What Happens When, has shut down. It was meant to stay open for nine months, but problems with the liquor license cause it to close a few months early.
The three-month-old East Village eatery with offal leanings, Lingua, has shut down.

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