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Classic El Sombrero Signage Probably Won’t Return to the Exterior of 108 Stanton Street

Posted August 1, 2014 at 6:03 am

Hate to burst the bubble, but the wonderfully classic El Sombrero signage will not return to the exterior of 108 Stanton Street when the reboot launches. The marquee is now a rustic wood flavor with evenly-spaced lighting. Before you reach for that tissue, though, take comfort in the knowledge that the faded relic hasn’t altogether […]

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205 Club on Chrystie Street Relaunches Under Ownership of Nolita House Vets

Posted August 1, 2014 at 5:32 am

Earlier this year, we broke news that the Rochelle’s team on Chrystie Street (aka 19 Stanton) was in financial straits. Fast forward six months; half its business is now under new ownership. 205 Club, a name that’s gone through so many friggin’ iterations the last decade, is now helmed by veterans of the recently-departed Nolita […]

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‘SHNY’ on Suffolk Street Morphs Into New Cafe Called ‘Mr. Rapidan’

Last modified July 31, 2014 at 7:56 am

Some five months into its tenure at 116 Suffolk Street, Spreadhouse is changing its tune. Or should we say, taste. The short-lived SHNY “creative space” is no more, instead having morphed into a new cafe concept called “Mr. Rapidan.” The changeover was swift, happening just last week. Apparently Mr. Rapidan is pulling double duty, acting as […]

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Michael Shah’s Controversial Liquor License for Rochelle’s Renewed Without Community Input

Posted July 31, 2014 at 6:00 am

The liquor license of Leave Rochelle Out of It is set to expire after today. Or so we thought. The license was mysteriously renewed without first appearing before Community Board 3 for input. As such, our research shows that Matt Levine remains listed as co-licensor for a business in which he has no ownership. Indeed, […]

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Katz’s Copycat in Florida Changes Name After Legal Threats

Posted July 31, 2014 at 5:34 am

For the second time this season, Katz’s Deli on the Lower East Side successfully fought off two would-be trademark thieves. That Katz’s copycat in Deerfield, Florida we told you about last month just surrendered. The two parties reportedly settled the dispute. The real deal’s owner Jake Dell told us, “they recognized that we were right […]

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Three Points and Ludlow Inn Begin Renovations Down at 1 Ludlow Street

Posted July 29, 2014 at 6:10 am

Months of silence on the ground level of 1 Ludlow Street recently concluded. The incoming bar-restaurant-speakeasy concept – dubbed Three Points and Ludlow Inn respectively – is now amidst full throttle renovations. Build-out has been underway the last few weeks behind closed doors. But now it’s headed outside; as of yesterday, a new sidewalk enclosure is affixed […]

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Looks Like Little Muenster is Closing Its Grilled Cheese Spot on Stanton Street

Last modified July 29, 2014 at 12:19 pm

While one grilled cheese joint begins business on Allen Street, another is sunsetting. Little Muenster is seemingly in the twilight of its tenure at 100 Stanton Street. Melted fortune, if you will. That much is clear by Misrahi’s tombstone signage sitting above the entryway. We reached out to the Little Muenster and received the following […]

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The Max Fish Cigarette Makes a Comeback, But Not in the Way You Think

Posted July 29, 2014 at 5:32 am

The iconic Max Fish marquee cigarette is most certainly making a comeback, as previously reported. But probably not in the way you think. In the Orchard Street reboot, the illuminated ornament now resides on the wall beside the entrance. With some glittery accompaniment. Placing the twenty-five-year-old piece indoors makes sense, though. Max Fish owner Ulli Rimkus […]

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Lady of Grand’s Pick: 40 Years of Eileen’s Special Cheesecake [VIDEO]

Posted July 28, 2014 at 10:14 am

Eileen’s Special Cheesecake came from “very humble beginnings.”  Eileen’s mother passed away from breast cancer at age 49 and left her the recipe for this special dessert.  She then started making the dessert alone to help her through the mourning process. The very first customer was a deli in Queens.  17 Cleveland Place was no-man’s land […]

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‘Balvanera’ Opens at 152 Stanton Street Tomorrow Night

Posted July 28, 2014 at 6:06 am

With Azul Bistro now a footnote in the local history books, Balvanera is taking the torch of Argentinean cuisine at 152 Stanton Street. Paper curtains were summarily deposed from the windows of 152 Stanton last night. Balvanera – named for the neighborhood in Buenos Aires – is nearly there. We walked by the restaurant yesterday, and […]

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