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Cipriani Still Living High on the Hog; Another Mechanical Bull Comes to New York

The nation can rest easy in the knowledge that Giuseppe Cipriani is still cruising around in a Rolls-Royce, has kept his private jet, and may even build another yacht in addition to the one he already owns. [NYP] The Shamalian boys opened their rockabilly bar on Essex last night even though it's unfinished, and there really is a bull! [Eater] The Federal Trade Commission has launched their second attack against the Whole Foods–Wild Oats merger vowing that even though money has already exchanged hands that the integration can still be stopped. [NYT]

More Buzz Over Restaurant Liebrandt; A Meatball for the Ages

A second trivial press release (uh, the Oregon Museum of Science gala?) alludes to Restaurant Liebrandt 2007, and the chef’s chef is suddenly besieged with questions, which he vows to answer “in due time.” [Mouthing Off/Food & Wine] Related: Vegetables Suggest Liebrandt’s New Restaurant Is a Reality After a nerve-racking two-day delay, a judge has cleared the way for the $565 million Whole Foods–Wild Oats merger. [NYT] The ruination of Times Square is now officially complete, with news of an IHOP on the way. [NYP] A counterterrorism detective has been fired for what might be the best defense for failing a drug test ever: marijuana-spiked meatballs. [NYT]

Immigrant Pickers Scant for Apple Season; Whole Foods–Wild Oats Deal Delayed

Apples, apples everywhere, but not an immigrant to pick them, New York growers fear. [NYT] A federal appeals court has postponed the Whole Foods-Wild Oats merger "arguing that it would reduce competition and increase prices in the marketplace for natural and organic foods." And here, we thought "Project Goldmine" would benefit the customer. [NYT] Let us weep for the carnies: trans fats have been banned in Indiana. State fairgoers ate deep-fried Snickers and Oreos cooked in “healthier” oils. [NYT]

Pret a Manger Set for Huge Expansion Here; Ramsay Bans Bluefin

British sandwich chain Pret a Manger is launching an expansion of Starbucks-like proportions, announcing plans to open 33 more locations in New York — four times the current number. “If New York could support one on every corner, we’d love that,” the company’s head says. [NYS] Related: Out to Lunch [NYM] Urged by the Marine Conservation Society, Gordon Ramsay pulls endangered bluefin tuna from all his restaurants. [NRN] The Department of Health’s current closure rampage continues with Union Picnic in Williamsburg, Café Angelique, and J’adore in Manhattan. [Eater]

La Marqueta Fights City Hall and Wins; Josh DeChellis Out at Sumile

Brooklyn’s La Marqueta, facing the same kid of pressure as the Red Hook vendors, wins another year and postpones getting the heave-ho from the 70-year-old market. [NYDN] Josh DeChellis has left Sumile Sushi to do a tempura restaurant at 50 Carmine Street. [NYT] Related: Josh DeChellis Dodges a Bullet, and Hits a Bullseye [Grub Street] This is a golden age of meatballs we’re living in. [NYT] Related: Men and Their Meatballs [NYM]