New Air Quality Rules Target Restaurants and Food Trucks

Mayor Bill de Blasio has backed a set of antipollution laws that would have a significant impact on a number of New York City’s restaurants, commercial kitchens and food trucks. The stated goal of the laws is to target “pollution sources that currently have little or no emission control requirements.” The regulations would require businesses to install emission filters on ovens and char-broilers, ban new wood-burning fireplaces and encourage refrigerated trucks to switch to battery power from diesel fuel. The proposals would food businesses of all kinds including but not limited to mom-and-pop pizzerias, food vendor trucks, high-volume char-broilers and vehicles that deliver or serve refrigerated food or beverages.

The New York City Hospitality Alliance and the New York State Restaurant Association have yet to make a public comment.

Red Mango to Offer Fresh-Squeezed Juices

Red Mango has recently rolled-out fresh-squeezed juices in their stores and co-branded Juice Bars  across the U.S – an attempt to take part in the $5 billion juicing industry. Founder Dan Kim noted that today’s consumer have limited location options for fresh juices such as a health food store or juicing boutique. Red Mango has been looking to offer affordable and high-quality options for years but have recently decided the time is right as juicing is one of the fastest growing segments in the industry.

The fresh-squeezed juices menu at Red Mango will include flavors such as Sweet Green Zing and Cool Pineapple Zen. All juices are squeezed-to-order in front of the customers. Prices range from $2.95 to $5.95.

Holey Donuts to Go from Online to West Village Location

Holey Donuts, the popular online donut retailer, is opening its first brick and mortar location this summer in the West Village. Holey Donuts is unique in that their products have half the calories and one-seventh the fat of traditional donuts. The company has been in operation 10 years as an online retailer. Unlike most donut shops, Holey Donuts will not display any donuts in their store  in order to avoid waste and numerous unsold donuts. Instead, Holey Donuts will be kept warm in a machine that holds 480 at a time. 

Holey Donuts is set to open at 101 Seventh Avenue South this May.

Wine Shop at Eataly Closing for Six Months

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 to Return to NYC

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.

Four & Twenty Cafe at Brooklyn Public Libraray

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

RFB: Food Trucks at Central Park and Washington Square Park

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.

 

A New Take on Blue Bottle Iced Coffee

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.

Celebrate International Women’s Day at Dylan’s Candy Bar March 8th

To celebrate International Women’s Day March 8th, Dylan’s Candy Bar and the Women’s Initiative invite you to spend the afternoon with creative and entrepreneurial women.

DCB March 8 Flyer

Parm Opening Upper West Side Location

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.

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