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End of the Line for the First Carvel; The Blue Seats Opening Delayed

The original Carvel store in Westchester is giving up the ghost and will be demolished next summer. [NYP] Mega sports bar the Blue Seats isn’t open yet, and the reason has something to do with one of their 8,000 TVs being stolen. [TONY] Related: Seriously Bromantic Restaurant Ready for Its Close-up Tom Colicchio takes the "last meal" quiz very seriously, designing a world tour that would include lasagne at the Fat Duck, lamb’s brain in Florence, and dessert at the North Fork Table & Inn. [Eat for Victory/VV]

Tom Carvel’s Mysterious Death; Tom Valenti’s Awesome Uptown Digs

The old technique of force-feeding geese with a metal tube was the evil secret behind foie gras. Now there’s a new, gentler method: force-feeding them with a rubber tube. [NYT] Tom Carvel’s niece is convinced that her uncle, the late custard king, was murdered, and she wants his body exhumed. [The Journal News] Ouest chef Tom Valenti shows his museumlike 157th Street apartment to the world. [NYP]

Sbarro Disappears Into the Corporate Maw

Given how generic and fast food–y Sbarro is, news that the Long Island–based chain was just bought by a private-equity firm probably isn't breaking too many hearts. But believe it or not, the Sbarro family has owned and operated the business for the last 50 years; it now joins Nathan's, Blimpie's, Carvel, and a growing number of other New York–area businesses run as franchise "brands" from a central office. At this rate, we could be seeing Carnegie Delis and Momofukus in food courts across the country. Or perhaps we're just lapsing into fantasy again. MidOcean Partners Announces Agreement to Acquire Sbarro, Inc. [New York dBusiness News]