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Gaia Italian Cafe is Taking a Week-Long Break Starting Next Thursday

Posted September 19, 2014 at 6:02 am

Fair warning that Gaia Italian Cafe is taking a brief recess on September 25. Eponymous owner Gaia Bagnasacco took to the company Facebook page to note that the beloved three-year-old restaurant will reopen a week later on October 2, and to thank patrons for the support. Gaia is certainly a neighborhood treasure, and fiercely protected […]

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Serge Hoyda Successful in Evicting Preserve 24; Per Se Vet Dropped from Lawsuit

Posted September 19, 2014 at 5:49 am

Last Friday, epic failure Preserve 24 (aka Aegis Holding Houston LLC) was officially evicted from 177 East Houston by court order. It has been closed and dormant since late June, and will not reopen under new management as one sign proclaims. The papers served by landlord Serge Hoyda are now taped to the front door. […]

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‘Creffles’ Challenge Cronuts in New Stanton Street Cafe

Posted September 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

When owner (and Elmhurs resident) Al Tak first told us about his new cafe at 115 Stanton Street last month, it carried the moniker “Green and Brown,” named for the coffee bean havest-to-roast process. However, it’s since been renamed after its signature confectionary. The Creffle Cafe doles the standard fare alongside the namesake dessert concoction […]

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Sutra’s Ariel Palitz Divulges Her Distaste for the Local Blogs

Posted September 17, 2014 at 9:22 am

Last Wednesday evening was the swan song soiree for Sutra Lounge. The hip-hop club had operated on First Avenue for a decade. This party was both a celebration and sendoff. As for next steps, owner Ariel Palitz is still rumored as a player in the new Mars Bar juicery in the works on East First […]

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EMM Group Stoops to Offering Groupon Meals at The General on the Bowery

Posted September 17, 2014 at 5:24 am

EMM Group – alleged pride of the upscale nightlife game – is stooping to Groupon to help its woes at 199 Bowery. Indeed, it’s no secret that The General is suffering. Co-owner Mark Birnbaum admitted as much last spring when he quipped to the State Liquor Authority that his bait-and-switch Bowery club complex “has been […]

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Reader Report: Shi Eurasia is Moving Around the Corner Due to High Rents

Posted September 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

Fans of imported eats have been flocking to Shi Eurasia on Orchard Street for the three-plus years of its existence. Its shelves are perenially stocked with bounty from Asian and European countries, including snack foods, pastries, noodles, coffee, tea, etc. But Shi is now reportedly on the move, thanks to an exorbitant rent hike. According […]

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CB3 Denied Epstein’s Bar a Liquor License Renewal Without Appearing Before the Public

Posted September 16, 2014 at 5:32 am

Epstein’s Bar had grand plans to expand upward at Stanton Street. The idea was to annex the second and third floors for dining and event spaces respectively. But Community Board 3 put the kibosh on those plans in June by denying the alteration, thanks to outspoken community opposition; and the applicant ultimately withdrew before the […]

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Ruby’s Cafe on Mulberry Street is Expanding Next Door

Posted September 15, 2014 at 6:02 am

The Down Under crowd should rejoice. Over a decade after its debut in Little Italy, Ruby’s Cafe on Mulberry Street is growing. The Aussie-infused casual dining spot will be expanding into the neighboring store sometime in the near future. A message written on the windows reads simply, “From little things big things grow. Coming soon.” […]

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Panade on Eldridge is Closed for ‘Restructuring’ and Will Focus on Catering

Posted September 12, 2014 at 6:09 am

Panade Puffs and Pastries – a fixture on Eldridge Street for years - is on a hiatus of sorts. The letter on its front door is perhaps the first sign of demise for the eight-year-old business. Despite assurances that “all is fine” during “restructuring” efforts,  we can’t help but believe the opposite. This more permanent break […]

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Patacon Pisao Opens on Essex Street After Months in Limbo

Posted September 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

To anyone frequenting the environs of Essex, it would appear that Patacon Pisao was left for dead. The interior teased the masses for the better part of the last six months without incident (including a mural by artist Joseph Meloy). Not to mention, those yellow neons have also been in place, albeit switched off. Not […]

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