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EaterWire: Changes at Blue Velvet, Cake Monkey Baking, Creperie by Jack & Jill's

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DOWNTOWN: Details are minimal, but Kris Morningstar is no longer at Blue Velvet. There are other possibe management/ownership changes, but we're awaiting all the details. This was Morningstar's first exec chef position and he garnered quite the following: Miss Irene gave the restaurant two-and-a-half stars, his eco-friendly ways were showcased on Big Ideas for a Small Planet on the Sundance Channel, and he's on the long list for James Beard's Rising Star Chef this year. No word yet on his plans. [EaterWire]

MID-CITY: Lisa Olin and pastry chef Elizabeth Belkind didn't get the storefront they wanted for their Cake Monkey bakery, but they have a new commercial space and are filling orders. Full Disclosure: We know this because we received a sample box of delectable mini-cakes (we're not the only ones) that left us in a sugar-induced dreamland for the last few days. Chocolate, vanilla and the homemade foil-wrapped Ho-Hos were the favorites here at Eater HQ. That Elizabeth Belkind, she can bake. [EaterWire]

MID-CITY/BEV CTR: A reader drove by The Creperie by Jack & Jill, which replaces Michelia on Third Street, suggesting it looked ready to open. Sure enough: The more-than-crepes crepe restaurant has a count-down clock on its website for its March 5 debut. [EaterWire]

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