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Bobby Flay won’t make SoBe Wine and Food Fest, opens Bobby’s Burger Palace at Dadeland Mall

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Bobby Flay has a good reason for missing the South Beach Wine & Food Fest in February.

It’s not because he finally bested tough competitor Michael Symon at Burger Bash last year (at least we don’t think so). The no-nonsense chef/restaurateur/TV personality, who has attended the famed fest 12 years in a row, is just ridiculously busy.

In between opening a new Mediterranean restaurant, Gato, in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood, Flay is working on an upcoming Food Network show and writing a brunch cookbook. And you may catch a random sighting of Flay throughout the year down here at his just-opened Bobby’s Burger Palace at Dadeland Mall.

Unlike his trendy, wildly popular fine-dining spots like Mesa Grill, which recently closed in NYC but has locations in Las Vegas and the Bahamas, BBP is all about casual eats.

“The concept is you do some shopping and fall in,” Flay said from the mall during the launch party last week. “This is not somewhere you need to think about a week in advance for reservations.”

Convenient, yes, but expect Flay’s high culinary standards. “The concept is putting out burgers with flavors tapped from various cities all across the U.S.,” he explains about the “fun” menu, where a Philadelphia burger is reminiscent of a Philly cheese steak and a Miami burger is a take on a Cuban sandwich.

Flay is not only proud of the main (meaty) attraction but also the proprietary sauces and shakes with all-natural ingredients.

“We put 11 ounces of ice cream in every shake; deadly!” Flay said. “But everyone seems to be smiling.”

Movie star

Ciao for now, telenovelas! William Levy is in Oklahoma to film his part in upcoming sci-fi adventure movie The Veil. “I have dreamed of doing a role like this since I was a kid,” Levy said in a statement of his part as a warrior who is left for dead in a futuristic wasteland and rescued by an underground tribe. “The character ... is so layered, and it is giving me a chance to show my full acting range.” Director Brent Ryan Green said Levy is famous even out in the sticks, telling Fox News Latino that families have been camping out near the set waiting for a glimpse of the onetime Dancing with the Stars contestant.

My side

It’s never funny when somebody gets roughed up but.... Ray LeMoine, who is in the man in the middle of the alleged Barron Hilton Basel beatdown, is sharing his side of the story in a (sorry) hysterical blog post for

The part time NYC event planner explains he was staying at a Star Island mansion with friends (who included Lindsay Lohan’s unnamed boyfriend) during the annual art fair. After a night of partying at LIV, he returned home to find a house full of partiers who remained until LeMoine woke up the following day. “My friend’s name was on the lease of this mansion, and we didn’t want anyone to trash it, so we started kicking people out,” he explained, adding when LeMoine approached Barron to leave, “he went bonkers.”

LeMoine claims Hilton starting screaming “Don’t f**k with me,” saying his sisters were Paris and Nicky.

And: “Eventually things got so heated that he pushed me. And that’s when the alleged assault, which of course I deny, took place,” reads the post. “I imagine he wouldn’t have even gotten cut if it wasn’t for those stupid glasses.”

The writer reveals he’s now in the Florida Keys, laying low. reports Hilton is planning to sue Lohan for the alleged incident, though LeMoine said the actress had no part.

No mention of any artwork that was seen or purchased during the trip.

Madeleine Marr

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