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Behind the BLT Shake-Up

Did Jimmy Haber look for chefs behind Laurent Tourondel's back?

By Daniel Maurer

Leighton Meester Is a Text Addict

The ‘Gossip Girl’ star spent a party in her honor on her BlackBerry, and more bad behavior in our daily gossip roundup.

By Tim Murphy

Laurent Tourondel's Recipes Feed South Pole Residents; Greek Diner Ownership Declines

• Laurent Tourondel may not be working on a restaurant in Trump Soho, but he keeps himself busy with tasks like advising cooks at the South Pole on how to replicate his recipes. [WSJ] • Saturday’s East Side crane accident leveled Irish tavern Fubar, which fortunately was not open at the time. [NYP] • The owner of Stage Deli, which was shut down for health violations including “a severe vermin infestation,” claims the problems are limited only to the basement level, but last time we checked, rats aren’t really afraid of infesting restaurants at street level. [NYT]

BLT Out at Trump Soho

Well, we guess there won't be a BLT restaurant in Trump Soho after all. Such is the gist of a press release that just went out from BLT's representative, Bullfrog & Baum, which includes this telling quote: “BLT Restaurants are recognized for a particular style of food and service which ended up not being what the Trump Organization was interested in,” says Jimmy Haber, managing partner of BLT Restaurant Group. Did Trump want something cheaper or more casual than what BLT was ready to do? Or does this perhaps have to do with the rumor we've been hearing about a hip, young downtown chef being looked at for the space? Perhaps there was more to the rumor than we thought. BLT Restaurant Group and Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium New York Amicably Part Ways [PDF] Earlier: Laurent Tourondel to Do All-New Trump Soho Restaurant