Monthly Archives: March 2016


Smorgasburg Returns To The Outdoors This Weekend With 25 New Vendors

Source: Eater NY

Plus: a new location for the outdoor market

Smorgasburg is making its return for the summer season this weekend. On Saturday, the market’s Williamsburg outpost on Kent Avenue will open for its sixth year. And, replacing Sunday’s Brooklyn Bridge location, Smorgasburg is premiering in Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill on Sunday April 3. The outdoor market will be unveiling 25 new food vendors after holding its annual tastings earlier this year, from a Japanese dessert that looks like a literal raindrop to a German street food made with marinated meat on a spit. The team went through nearly 70 tastings after ...

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Shake Shack Secures Site in the Suburbs

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Trendy burger joint coming to Dunwoody.

New York-based Shake Shack announced Tuesday that their next Atlanta area restaurant will open at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody.  I have since confirmed that the Shake Shack restaurant will occupy the current Soma space, on the front of the mall.  The roughly 3,400 square foot space will be completely renovated and outdoor patio seating will be added.

Soma, which sells ladies intimate apparel, currently occupies the Ashford Dunwoody Road facing space between Maggiano’s and Urban Outfitters.  (Soma is connected to sibling concept Chico’s, which is also closing.)  Soma will reopen on the main level of ...

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TV Chef Anne Burrell Is Planning a Brooklyn Restaurant

Source: Eater NY

It’s been years since she’s been active in New York City kitchens

Looks like food television personality Anne Burrell is planning a comeback to the New York restaurant scene. The chef has teamed up with West Village bar Daddy-O owner Phillip Casaceli for an American small plates restaurant at 196 Smith St. in Cobble HIll, according to DNAinfo. According to a presentation given to a local community board in a liquor license request, Burrell’s love for the restaurant world is “a passion that never left her.” The new restaurant would be a neighborhood place “with food that feeds your ...

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No fooling: Suburbia returns to Union Market on April 1

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Food lovers and “Top Chef” fans are already salivating over chef Kwame Onwuachi’s Philly Wing Fry pop-up at Union Market this weekend, but now there’s an extra reason to head to Northeast: Suburbia is reopening. Gina Chersevani’s pop-up bar, housed in a vintage Airstream trailer, is making an earlier-than-usual debut this year to coincide with […]

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Cost Plus World Market Travels A Short Distance to New Buckhead Home

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

The current Cost Plus World Market in Piedmont Peachtree Crossing in Buckhead 
Buckhead retailer to relocate. 

Cost Plus World Market, a specialty retailer known for selling home furniture, decor,  gifts,  coffee, wine and various international food products, is on the move in Buckhead.  Plans call for the retailer to relocate its Buckhead store from Piedmont Peachtree Crossing on Piedmont Road to Buckhead Station, on Lenox Road.  Judging from available information, the new location will be slightly smaller than the current store,  but in line with other area locations.  The existing World Market store is 20,025 square feet, while the new store ...

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Atlanta Bar Scene: Learn to make cocktails and brew beer like a pro at these 5 classes

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Learn to shuck oysters and make cocktails at Grain in Midtown. Photo by Tomas Espinoza.

Looking to learn how to sling cocktails like they do at Kimball House and Ticonderoga Club or brew beers like Sweetwater and Creature Comforts? We’ve got five booze-filled courses to get you started down the path to success.


Cocktails and oysters, Grain, Saturdays in April, 3 p.m.

Grab a date for this two-fer oyster shuckin’ and cocktail makin’ class at Grain. First, learn to sling a sassy drink with whiskey, vodka or gin. Then sip your boozy creation while you shuck a few oysters with ...

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‘Fancy’ Mall Chain Ruby Tuesday Accused of Systematically Underpaying Its Employees

Source: Grub Street NY

They’re working against the clock.

Restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday — remember it? — is in the news for one of the first times since pretending to blow up a competitor’s restaurant back in 2008, but this is for an even worse reason: A class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of every server and bartender in the last three years claims the company saves money by forcing them to misreport hours and work off the clock.

It’s technically legal for tipped workers, whose hourly pay is as little as $2.13 in some states, to spend up to 20 percent of their time ...

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SWEET Scuttlebutt about the Line Hotel Coming to Adams Morgan

Source: PoPville

SWEET Scuttlebutt about the Line Hotel Coming to Adams Morgan
1780 Columbia Road, NW

Yesterday we mentioned two new restaurants coming to The Line DC hotel in Adams Morgan. A very, very good source tells me that those new restaurants are coming from none other than Maketto/Toki Underground’s Erik Bruner-Yang and Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen’s Spike Gjerde. If this pans out ...

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Jean-Georges Vongerichten is Planning a New Restaurant in LES

Source: Eater NY

It’s an all-day Italian place

New York star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is planning a new Italian food restaurant in a hotel on the Lower East Side. The acclaimed chef’s name is tied to the Public Hotel development at 215 Chrystie Street, as Bowery Boogie first reported. It’s not a total surprise — his frequent partner Phil Suarez has publicly talked bringing the mega-chef to the hotel since last year. The massive project includes a market and coffee bar, a restaurant with wood-burning pizzas and pastas, and a garden with a bar, according to a preliminary questionnaire filed to ...

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Philly Cocktail Bar, 1 Tippling Place has a Pop-up in Mumbai

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

One of the cocktails 1 Tippling Place is serving in India

Here’s something you don’t hear every day: Philadelphia cocktail bar, 1 Tippling Place, named one of the 24 best cocktail bars in America by Food & Wine Magazine, is hosting a pop-up in Mumbai, India. They’re serving their finest cocktails to a city with an almost non-existent cocktail scene.

Owner of 1 Tippling Place Anne Frey and mixologist Myles Carroll have been at Olive Restaurant in Mumbai, India during the second annual Mumbai Cocktail Week, which began on March 14th and continues through tomorrow. The restaurant ...

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What to Eat at Madison Square Garden, 2016 Edition

Source: Eater NY

Dining options inside the Garden

Madison Square Garden’s sprawling space boasts stands from an impressive list of chefs and restaurateurs, including Andrew Carmellini, Jean-Georges, Drew Nieporent, and David Chang. Options include everything from tacos to sausage, and fried chicken sandwiches to smoked brisket. Here’s a guide to eating at The Garden, with top picks and food by section.

MSG’s Five Standouts

Daily Burger by Drew Nieporent: Operated by famed restaurateur Drew Nieporent, Daily Burger serves a serious namesake item. The meat is a custom blend from Pat LaFrieda (blend of brisket, short rib and chuck), topped with bacon ...

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Eat This: Illegal Food’s Okonomiyaki Fries

Steven Lingenfelter, the owner and chef of Illegal Food, is an unlikely ambassador for Japanese food. He’s never been to Japan, and he grew up eating “meat and potatoes.” But his version of okonomiyaki, a savory Japanese pancake, is one of Atlanta’s most-well known dishes. “My wife and I enjoy the traditional okonomiyaki,” Lingenfelter says, “And since we decided we were putting fries on the menu, we wanted to put everything on it and make it as approachable as possible.”

His first attempts at the dish were toned-down takes on the Osakan classic. “We just used to do some of the (okonomiyaki) sauce, sesame seeds, and seaweed,” he says. It wasn’t until he met Sean Higashida, a chef at the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market, that the dish became a fully realized take on okonomiyaki. Higashida, a native of Osaka, showed Lingenfelter techniques and traditional ingredients found in the pancake. Soon, a few splashes of Japanese flavor became a carefully orchestrated symphony of rich Japanese mayonnaise, spicy fermented chili sauce, seaweed, pickled ginger, and okonomiyaki sauce. Lingenfelter garnishes the whole thing with thin bonito flakes.

He debuted the dish when he opened his pop-up restaurant in April 2013 in the back of Joystick Gamebar. They were an instant hit then—and still are now at his restaurant in Virginia-Highland. Lingenfelter says he goes through more than 1,200 pounds of potatoes every month and estimates that he sells upwards of 200 orders a week.


Manhattan Will Get Another New Jean-Georges Restaurant

Source: Grub Street NY

This guy is actually everywhere right now.

Ever-busy empire-builder Jean-Georges Vongerichten is taking on more New York projects right now than an overcaffeinated version of the Major Food Group. Along with his long-in-the-works vegan restaurant, ABCV, and the 10,000-square-foot restaurant and 4,000-square-foot market he’ll bring to the South Street Seaport in 2017, it’s been revealed that Vongerichten will helm the food operations at Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel on the Lower East Side.

This is a redux for the two power players: Vongerichten previously joined forces with Schrager for the Pump Room at the other Public Hotel in Chicago, ...

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EatBar Makes a Comeback on Barracks Row

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

Apparently there is still a use for cassette tapes: restaurant decor. EatBar, opening on Barracks Row at 4 p.m. today, features a wall with around 7,200 of them arranged to spell the word “EAT.”

Chef Nate Anda says the team pulled from the personal collections, “but people were bringing in five or six.” Ultimately, the restaurant’s designers took to eBay, Craigslist, and garage sales to get the numbers they needed. CDs, however, have not yet been reduced to mere decoration: A CD jukebox from the original EatBar supplies the eatery’s music. 

The original EatBar, and adjoining restaurant Tallula, closed in Oct. ...

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What Kyle Bailey and Long Shot Hospitality have planned for Navy Yard, EatBar reopens and more restaurant news

Source: Washington Business Journal

We’re now learning more about what the team behind Sixth Engine, Town Hall and The Dubliner have planned for Southeast D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood: a waterfront restaurant called The Salt Line at the 79 Potomac Ave. SE.

The restaurant group, Long Shot Hospitality, told me back in January it was close to a lease for Capitol Riverfront. The owners of the three existing bars teamed up with Kyle Bailey, formerly of Neighborhood Restaurant Group, earlier in 2016.

The Salt Line will include…

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My First Job: Toki Underground’s Neil Dundee

Source: Washingtonian Food

We asked DC bar folks how they first dipped their toes into the biz. Here’s Neil Dundee, beverage director at Toki Underground:

“My first bartending job was at the Holiday Inn in Frederick. It was the mid-nineties and we had the biggest dance floor in the county, plus hotel rooms. When I accepted the job I was specifically asked to work the first Sunday night every month. I agreed and found out why later. The first Sunday of every month was ‘The Frederick Singles Dance.’ The bar loaded up with about 100 guests strong by 10 p.m.. My tip jar filled up quickly with quarters ...

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Going Down Under: A Visit to Manhattan’s Only Outback Steakhouse

Source: Eater NY

New York City is missing some of the country’s most prominent fast food, casual, and fast-casual chains. We don’t have a Sonic Drive-In for example; no Carl’s Jr. or Hardees; no In-N-Out, Jack In the Box, Cracker Barrel, Golden Corral, Texas Roadhouse, or Cheesecake Factory — though one is imminent in a Queens shopping mall. Other chains have only a trace representation, as if offering us only a taste. In that category find Red Lobster, Red Robin, Chick-fil-A, Denny’s, and Outback Steakhouse.

We’ve been seeing lots of Outback Steakhouse commercials on TV lately, even though we only have one ...

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Compassionate Restaurant Owner Installs Street Fridge That Feeds Hungry People 24/7

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s been nicknamed the “Tree of Goodness.”

A restaurateur in the Indian city of Kochi has devised a startlingly simple way to fight food waste and feed hungry people at the same time. The staff at the eatery, called Pappadavada, hooked a fridge up right outside its storefront and asked people to fill it with their leftovers — it’s easier than throwing their food in a trash they’ll later have to take out, and just requires some electricity and a twice-a-week cleaning by Pappadavada employees. The idea sprang into owner Minu Pauline’s mind after she chucked a bunch of ...

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