Eataly will close the doors to its wine store for six months in addition to incurring a $500,000 fine to the NY State Liquor Authority. This closure and fine are part of a settlement reached between Mario Batali, his partners Lidia and Joe Bastianich, and the state. The team was accused of violating state liquor laws prohibiting licensees from owning wine stores and wine importing or manufacturing businesses. A spokeswoman for Eataly has stated that a date has not yet been set for when the store will close.
Caviarteria, located at 75 Murray (between W. Broadway and Greenwich), is a new caviar-based restaurant that is located in the former home of Silver Lining Jazz Bar. The brand used to have outposts all over—Beverly Hills, Vegas, and the Soho Grand but by the time Walter Drobenko took over the brand in 2006, it was mainly a mail-order operation. Drobrenko is planning for a champagne-caviar brunch on the weekends as well as a pianist on Friday and Saturday nights. While the full menu be available within a week or two, less complex caviar dishes are still available.
The locations retail case opens at 5 p.m., along with the bar.
Emily and Melissa Elsen recently opened Four and Twenty Blackbirds Cafe in the Central Brooklyn Public Library. The sisters are the owners and operators of one of Brooklyn’s most beloved pie shops by the same name since 2010. They have been operating a temporary version of the cafe, with a limited menu, since the beginning of the month, but have officially rolled out the full menu at the new space at the library in Grand Army Plaza.
Cafe Hours: Mon-Thurs 9AM–6PM, Fri-Sat: 10AM–6PM, Closed Sunday
A Request for Bids (RFB) has been released for Mobile Food Units at Central Park and Washington Square Park in Manhattan. These locations offer an opportunity for mobile food businesses to cater to a wide variety of customers at these popular NYC destinations. All bids in response to this RFB must be submitted no later than Friday, April 11, 2014 at 11 am.
Hard copies of the RFB can be obtained through Friday, April 11, on weekdays only, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m at this location:
Revenue Division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
830 Fifth Avenue, Room 407, New York, NY 10065.
To download the RFB, visit http://www.nyc.gov/parks/businessopportunities and click on the “Concessions Opportunities at Parks” link. Once you have logged in, click on the “download” link that appears adjacent to the RFB’s description.
Recently VC-funded Blue Bottle Coffee released its newest product this week at EXPO West, a natural-foods conference in Anaheim: a ready-to-drink, packaged version of its New Orleans Iced Coffee. Blue Bottle partnered with Clover Organic Farms to offer this all-organic product with the same ingredients you’d find at a Blue Bottle shop – coffee, roasted chicory, cane sugar, and Clover milk. Except now, it is packaged in a 10.66-ounce milk carton and scheduled to hit shelves at every Whole Foods in Northern California by mid-March. Future roll-out will include Blue Bottle’s shops (Bay Area, L.A., and NYC), west coast Whole Foods stores, followed by a launch in the NYC area in mid-to-late May.
The team behind Parm, Jeff Zalaznick, Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi, plan to expand their popular Italian casual dining concept to the former Lansky’s Old World Deli space on Columbus Avenue this summer. This is not the only new location in the pipeline for the Italian restaurateurs; Parm will likely come to Williamsburg and Brookfield Place.
As of yesterday, the New York State Court of Appeals ended a six-year-long battle which would determine whether a “Chef Driven Market” could open in Union Square Pavilion; they ultimately acquiesced to allowing it. It’s probable that restaurateur Simon Oren will open his planned full-service establishment with 200 seats; however, the Parks Department has the final say in authorizing the proposed menus along with other operational logistics.
The New York City Hospitality Group invites you for an evening of “Cocktails & All That Jazz” at Analogue featuring owners Jesse Wilson and Jared Gordon.
Meet the owners and learn more about how they have successfully launched their new restaurant in the West Village. This exclusive event will include an open forum with educational session and Q&A. Live jazz, cocktails and food will be included.
Monday, February 24th
19 West 8th Street
RSVP by February 20th, as this private event has limited capacity.
Dominique Ansel, creator of the legendary cronut, handed out red roses in honor of Valentine’s Day to all of the cronut-craving guests queuing outside in the freezing cold. Some may label this random act of kindness as self-promotion, however even if that is the case, it’s endearing nevertheless. Dominique Ansel proves he is not too cool to stand outside in uniform, sans puffer coat, before the crack of dawn to show thanks to his loyal patrons.