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Dine One One, Paint It Black, Here's Adam!, For Sake's Sake, Comings and Goings, Saturday Night Fever

Wednesday, Dec 15 1999
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Dine One One
Veteran GM Maureen "Mo" Donegan of MoMo's has left her position to open the new restaurant Dine. Though located in the crash-and-burn Restaurant Marais space, Dine will be a very different kind of place. The chef is Julia McClaskey from Universal Cafe; I'm sure the menu will reflect her experience with bright California flavors. Michael Brennan (he did Wild Hare) is redoing the interior. Expect a lot less velvet and a lot more sanded wood and steel.

Paint It Black
The red-hot and 100 percent white NeO was reinterpreted as someone's canvas the other night. I don't know if it was a disgruntled employee or a wandering band of art students, but someone decided to practice his or her strokes, and the outside of the restaurant was transformed from pure minimalism into a black-and-white study in Pollock-esque action painting. Harry in no way condones vandalism, so it's a good thing white paint is cheap.

Here's Adam!
One Market, one of the high-profile restaurants that will be closed this NYE, will be offering a New Year's Eve Eve dinner on the 30th for its loyal customers. The $85 prix fixe -- prepared by Bradley Ogden and Rabah Abusbaitan -- will be a great way to start the celebrations early.

For Sake's Sake
In case you were suspicious, the Z Bar at Hotel Nikko's Anzu is not jumping on any bandwagon. They're bucking the trend and have compiled an extensive list of tasty sake cocktails. Drinks include old favorites like Sake on the Beach and the Sake Toddy, as well as nouvelle classics such as Something Fishy (with anchovies) and the Hot Flash with lime on the rocks. There are 55 such treats on the menu -- that's more than one a week for the next year. Gentlemen, start your Hondas.

Comings and Goings
Gregg Leadly, mild-mannered bartender and Pour Boy, is leaving his post at Gordon's and the world of mixology altogether. Boy, is his family happy: It'll be Gregg's first New Year's off in eons.

Saturday Night Fever
Tim Dale, manager of Le Colonial, sure had his hands full last Saturday. The firefighters were collecting toys downstairs while the crowd was getting incendiary on the top floor -- the dining room was packed and the mezzanine bar was jammed with restaurant folk and other beautiful people. The occasion? Gadfly and Sushi Groove manager Steven Oliver's 17th annual X-Mas bash. (He's always the first out of the gate with the holiday party.) Gordon Drysdale was bopping around happily, as were the bar staff from Backflip and Globe. And Harry must mention that Dog Bites looks smashing in a dress ....

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