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SushiSamba Manager Opening His Own Restaurant in Midtown West

Clinton Hill: A walk-through of the mysterious chocolate bar. [Clinton Hill Blog] East Village: Gemma in the Bowery Hotel looks set to open but will probably launch with private parties. [Down by the Hipster] Flatiron: Porky’s nabbed for selling alcohol to minors. [Blog Chelsea] Gowanus: Whole Foods spearheads construction on contaminated site. [Gowanus Lounge] Harlem: Manna’s, trying to become the Starbucks of soul food, opens its fourth location. [Uptown Flavor] Midtown East: Aquavit’s weeklong herring buffet to celebrate the fish’s migration starts June 11. [Grub Street] Midtown West: A former manager and the chef of SushiSamba on Park will open their own Japanese restaurant near the Ed Sullivan Theater. [Restaurant Girl] The kosher falafel joint House of Pita is opening “another location” two blocks from the original; it’s not clear if this means they’re moving or expanding. [Midtown Lunch] Soho: The opening of Lola Is Soul restaurant may be further delayed now that the owners have ousted weepy Top Chef alum Dave Martin. [Eater]

Marco Pierre White Sets Himself on Fire With Flaming Cocktail

Just another night at the Spotted Pig: Marco Pierre White, trying to demonstrate a flaming cocktail to Mario Batali, Tony Bourdain, and friends, sets himself on fire, gets doused with wine and Champagne, and stabbed in the hand. [NYP] Related: Batali, Bourdain, and Ramsay Mentor to Finally Take on America? [Grub Street] There are so many high-end restaurants looking for good ingredients that the world will literally run out of them, a world-famous Australian chef claims. [Australian News] Utterly dependent as it is on illegal workers, the restaurant industry is lobbying hard against the new immigration bill in Congress. [Nation's Restaurant News]