Tag Archives: Comebacks

Slice, Everyone’s Sixth-Favorite Soda From the ’90s, Is Back — Sort Of

Source: Grub Street NY

You remember Slice, right? Maybe? The erstwhile fruit-flavored soda line is the latest addition to the slew of throwback soft drinks (Surge, Clearly Canadian, Crystal Pepsi) that have lately enjoyed something of a rebirth. But it won’t be exactly as you remember it (provided you remember it …

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Hwa Yuan, New York’s Original Home of Sesame Noodles, Makes a Splashy Return

Source: Grub Street NY

Restaurants don’t often come back from the dead. Those that do tend to be ones that loom large in the minds of New Yorkers — like Hwa Yuan. The Chinatown restaurant is where the late chef Shorty Tang turned cold sesame noodles into a New York staple, allowing his son …

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Jolt Cola, Energy-Drink Pioneer From the ’80s, Is Coming Back

Source: Grub Street NY

Prepare yourself for the Jolt Revolt, part two. The latest drink-maker to try cashing in on the retro-beverage nostalgia wave is the high-octane soda with “all the sugar and twice the caffeine” that caused insomnia in many a ’80s and ’90s computer nerd. The company says the original cans …

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Mas (Farmhouse) Reopens With a New Menu and Renovated Dining Room

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s been nearly a year since Mas (farmhouse) closed following an electrical fire. There was more work to be done than initially thought — smoke and water caused unseen damage — and the fact that the restaurant is in a landmark district prolonged the process. Its finally over now, …

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Sara Jenkins Is Bringing Porchetta Sandwiches Back to the East Village

Source: Grub Street NY

Six months after Sara Jenkins’s Porchetta shuttered due to the usual business-down-rent-up reasons, it’s back in action. Beginning on Monday, the excellent purveyor of porchetta sandwiches will take up residence as a six-week lunchtime pop-up at Jenkins’s Porsena restaurant spinoff, Porsena Extra Bar.

All …

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Why Legendary Chef Gray Kunz Has Returned to New York — With an Upstate Steakhouse

Source: Grub Street NY

It was a bit of a shock last December when it was announced that Gray Kunz, the hugely influential chef behind Manhattan’s groundbreaking Lespinasse, would return to New York. Well, sort of. As it turned out, Kunz would be returning upstate, to Saratoga Springs, with, in a sign of the…More »

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Crystal Pepsi Actually Coming Back This Summer

Source: Grub Street NY

Pepsi took its sweet time, dropping hints and making people enter contests, hinting that it would bring back Crystal Pepsi, the translucent soda that debuted in 1992 and was discontinued shortly after. But now Crystal Pepsi’s unusually passionate fans will finally get what they clamored for. The company will reintroduce…More »

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Hi-C’s Ecto Cooler Officially Coming Back Just in Time for Ghostbusters

Source: Grub Street NY

Who ya gonna call?

When Surge returned in 2014 after a 13-year hiatus, serious ’90s kids could finally forgive the 2000s for killing one of their childhood’s two best green drinks. Now it looks like they can give it a full pardon: Coke says Hi-C Ecto Cooler — the other green juice endorsed by Slimer that was even more awesome than Capri Sun, until it suddenly disappeared — is coming back just in time for the new Ghostbusters movie. The ectoplasm-colored drink was unveiled back in 1987 as a limited-time tie-in to promote the cartoon spinoff, but it ended ...

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Clearly Canadian’s Comeback Hits a Snag, and Fans Are Upset

Source: Grub Street NY

A lucky few are basking in their Country Raspberry right now.

Last year, the world learned about the imminent return of Clearly Canadian, the ’90s-era clear soft drink that was known as something of an anti-soda. Appropriately, the world freaked out, and people signed up in droves for the crowdfunding campaign that promised, if all went well, to finally return bottles to store shelves. However, getting the mountain-blackberry-flavored bubbles into those bottles has been a more difficult task than first imagined by the brand’s new owners, including chairman and CEO Robert R. Khan, and people are wondering where the ...

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Subway Is Trying Really, Really Hard to Change the Conversation

Source: Grub Street NY


The new ad plays up nostalgia.

It has been a truly terrible year for Subway: Former spokesman Jared Fogle got sentenced to 15 years in prison for paying to have sex with minors and possessing child pornography; the chain took heat for firing a worker for being HIV-positive; and it had to settle a huge class-action lawsuit about exaggerating the size of its sandwiches. It’s no surprise, then, that Subway is overhauling its public-relations strategy.

The company’s new advertisements, which premiered on Sunday, emphasize the freshness of its sandwiches, stating, “Subway was fresh before it was fresh to be ...

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Crystal Pepsi Is Back — Sort Of

Source: Grub Street NY


Er, kinda.

First, the good news: It’s official — ’90s-era Crystal Pepsi is back! This will thrill the legion of fans who went into a frenzy this summer when Pepsi strongly hinted at a return by cryptically saying, “We think you’ll all be happy with what’s in store.”

But that message directly sets up the bad news: It’s not going to be in stores at all — not right now at least. Yesterday, Pepsi released an ad explaining that it will give away 13,000 six-packs of its famous clear soda to fans who enter a sweepstakes. This sweepstakes runs ...

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Park Slope Favorite City Subs Will Officially Reopen Today

Source: Grub Street NY


The Lincoln Place, made with a chicken cutlet, smoked ham, and melted mozarrella.

Rejoice, Brooklyn: City Subs — which is the same thing as City Sub (no s) — Park Slope’s favorite no-frills sandwich shop, will make its triumphant return today. New co-owner Thomas Moran, a ten-year veteran of the original store, tells Grub that the shop is set to open at its new location at 82 Fifth Avenue no later than 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. (Going forward, hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.)

The beloved shop, ...

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You Can Finally Buy the Ingredient Southern Chefs Have Been Psyched About for Years

Source: Grub Street NY


Oliver Farm’s benne oil.

Acclaimed Southern chefs including Sean Brock and Underbelly‘s Chris Shepherd have been expressing their love of benne oil for years now, and while they’ve used it in their restaurants, it hasn’t been available commercially since the 19th century &#8212 until now. That change is thanks to Georgia farmer Clay Oliver, of Oliver Farm, who is commercially producing the iconic Southern oil, which has been described as more flavorful, aromatic, and grassier than sesame oil. (Makes sense: Benne, a seed, is a precursor to modern American sesame, which was bred with an emphasis on yield ...

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Hydrox Cookies Will Return to Stores This Month

Source: Grub Street NY


The cookie that many people consider to be the “original Oreo.”

Before there was Oreo — and its many, many spinoff variations — there was Hydrox, the chocolate-and-crème sandwich cookie that debuted in 1908, four years before Nabisco’s iconic confection. In fact, many people still consider Oreo, which now makes billions of dollars annually, to be a straight-up rip-off of Hydrox. Yet die-hard Hydrox fans will attest that the two cookies aren’t interchangeable: Hydrox’s product is less sweet, crispier, and tastes more like dark chocolate. As with Clearly Canadian, people have long lamented the disappearance of the ...

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Hallelujah: Blue Bell Ice Cream Is Back in Stores

Source: Grub Street NY


This lucky shopper hit the jackpot.

Today, Blue Bell finally returns to shelves: Half-gallons of Homemade Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate, Cookies ‘n Cream, and Great Divide went on sale this morning. As Blue Bell has previously explained, the four flavors are only available in central Texas and around Sylacauga, Alabama, where the (for now) sole operating plant is located. This is phase one of the rollout, and 13 more states will be added by phase five. People are excited:

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Paula Deen’s Going to Be on Dancing With the Stars

Source: Grub Street NY


Remember this moment on Today?

The next step in Paula Deen’s ill-fated comeback tour: She’s taking her questionable salsa skills to Dancing With the Stars. The show has courted Deen for years, but now, of course, she needs good (or, at least, harmless) press more than ever. Certainly the money doesn’t hurt, either.

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Blue Bell Is Back in Stores on August 31 — Here’s Where to Find It

Source: Grub Street NY


It’s back!

Blue Bell’s triumphant return to stores will commence in less than two weeks — on August 31, to be exact — kicking off an exciting, new listeria-free era for the company. The problem now, after recalling every single pint, is getting them back out to people fast and without causing summer riots.

As Ricky Dickson, Blue Bell’s VP of sales and marketing, cautions:

Our return will include parts of 15 states, but will take some time as we work to restart operations at our production facilities. We’re currently operating one production facility, which limits our capacity to ...

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Blue Bell Is Officially Delivering Ice Cream Once Again

Source: Grub Street NY


On the road.

The rumors are true, Blue Bell says: Yesterday, trucks pulled off the lot at the Alabama plant, and they are filled with ice cream — half-gallon tubs of ten flavors, to be exact, if nothing’s changed with the company’s original production plans.

After getting a very satisfying all clear from health officials last week, just shy of five months after the listeria nightmare started, the company was finally able to call in 200 employees so production could resume at the Alabama plant. (About 1,200 remain on furlough, for now.)

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Blue Bell Cleared to Officially Resume Ice-Cream Production

Source: Grub Street NY


Yes!

There’s light at the end of the tunnel. After nearly five months, $10 million, 1,500 fired employees, the sale of one-third of its company ownership (to a billionaire oil heir), and a whiff of chicanery from its listeria-fear-fueled recall, Blue Bell has at long last started “crankin’ ice cream” again — to quote its bubbly Facebook announcement:

We’re busy at our Sylacauga, AL, facility crankin’ out ice cream and building inventory. Stay ...

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Bronx Cheap Eats Sensation El Atoradero Is Relocating to Brooklyn

Source: Grub Street NY


Denisse Lina Chavez outside her new restaurant.

Over the last decade or so, carnitas whisperer Denisse Lina Chavez developed a devout, sometimes obsessive following for her soulful southern Mexican cooking. First gaining notice at her tiny bodega El Atoradero, where on weekends she plied the comal, Chavez’s reputation blew up at her follow-up restaurant, Carnitas El Atoradero, where she dabbled in more home-style cooking. But when that restaurant unexpectedly and unceremoniously shuttered last month, fans were left wondering just where exactly they were supposed to get their guasmole and salsa borracha fix. Now they have an answer, as Chavez ...

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Prepare Yourself for Crystal Pepsi’s Comeback

Source: Grub Street NY


Right now!

Upon noticing that anti-sodas like Clearly Canadian and Original New York Seltzer are poised for major comebacks, Grub wondered how long it would be before Pepsi dusted off Crystal Pepsi, its own transparent, long-departed ’90s-era soft drink. It did not take long to get the answer. Though Pepsi hasn’t yet revealed official details on when it will return, the soft-drink giant has told one prominent fan to get ready. In a message sent to ’90s-soda activist and professional competitive eater Kevin Strahle, Pepsi coyly hinted the he and his fellow fans will “all be happy with ...

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The Dream of the ’90s Is Alive: Original New York Seltzer and Clearly Canadian Are Coming Back

Source: Grub Street NY


Coming soon to a fridge near you.

Twenty-two years after the company folded, beloved soft-drink company Original New York Seltzer is back in business. This is fantastic news. The brand was beloved by nearly everyone who ever tried one of the stubby little bottles, and nostalgic fans have been hankering for a revival. The even better news, though, is that Original New York isn’t the only ’90s soft drink that’s about to make a comeback: Clearly Canadian is back at it, too, rescued by American venture capitalist and professed lifelong fan Robert R. Kahn. Clearly, there is something going ...

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Resumes Production, Will Open Shops Next Friday

Source: Grub Street NY


Safer than ever.

After discovering traces of listeria in just one batch of Dark Chocolate, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream made the decision to recall every one of its products and shut down all shops — which reportedly cost the small company over $2.5 million. Fortunately, it seems like things are back on track: Jeni’s just announced that it’s making ice cream again, and that it will reopen stores on Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m.

The company plans to take its time to ease back into production, starting with just a few flavors (among them, Salty Caramel and a brand-new ...

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New Amsterdam Market Will Return Next Year

Source: Grub Street NY


Maybe the market will be indoors this time around?

Robert LaValva sends word that New Amsterdam Market will hold its next event in late February of 2015, but confirms that the well-regarded vendors’ market will not return to its longtime lower Manhattan home outside of the old Fulton Fish Market.

LaValva, who says he’s not ready to disclose New Amsterdam’s new location, was at odds with the Howard Hughes Corporation, which seeks to redevelop the old Fulton Fish Market site. The market founder intimated in previous interviews that he would consider other venues for the collection of butchers, cheesemongers, seafood ...

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Comebacks: Crown Reopens, But the Building Is for Sale

Source: Eater NY

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[Courtesy of Crown]

When Crown closed earlier this summer for “4th of July renovations” it seemed like it might not reopen. But now a representative sends word that the restaurant is back this week with a new “Farm to Crown” section on its menu (which includes dishes like Long Island duck served with peaches and purslane). Despite rumors that partners John Delucie and Sean Largotta were shopping around their restaurant group, which also includes The Lion and Bill’s, the representative confirms that the group is not for sale. However, the building that houses Crown is. What that ...

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