Opening: DeKalb Market Hall

Our patience is finally rewarded! Tomorrow, DeKalb Market Hall is opening at the Downtown Brooklyn City Point development.  This project has been in the works since 2011, with intermittent pulses of news, and now we’re finally getting a look at the space.

The sub-level markets hosts over 40 vendors, restaurants, and a Forager’s Market and a Trader Joe’s.  The interest anchor here is actually Katz’s Deli–well, “A Taste Of.”  This is the first location of the venerable institution outside the LES original.

Here is the complete line up: Ample Hills, Andrew’s Classic Brooklyn Bagels, Arepa Lady, Belle Cheese, BK Jani, Bread & Spread, BK Juicer, Bunker, Bunsmith, Cafe D’Avignon, Craft and Carry, Cuzin’s Duzin, Daigo Hand Roll Bar, Dekalb Taco, Dulcinea, Eight Turn Crepe, Fletcher’s Barbecue, Foragers Butcher, Foragers Market, Foragers Rotisserie, Forcella, Fulton Landing Seafood Market, Fulton Landing Seafood, Guss’ Pickles, Hana Noodles, Hard Times Sundaes, Home Frite, Jianbing Company, Katz’s Deli, Kotti Berliner Doner Kebab, Likkle More, Lioni Heroes, Nobletree Coffee, Paella Shack, Pierogi Boys, Pop Cake Shop, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies, Two Tablespoons, Wiki Wiki, and Wilma Jean.

This is the first location for many of these concepts.  This will be Ample Hill’s 7th location, Nobletree Coffee’s second (the first just opened inside the WTC Oculus),  and the third for Cafe D’avignon, the small-format outlet for Pain D’avignon.

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Event: Wine Dinner at Tavo Restaurant

On Tuesday, June 27th, Tavo–the West Village’s new Latin restaurant–is hosting an exclusive four-course dinner curated by Executive Chef Juan Suarez de Lezo. The tasting menu will be paired with wines exclusively selected by Sommelier Dean Fuerth.

During the evening, diners will experience Spanish wines from Catalonia, Rías Baixas, the Canary Islands, Montsant, and Galicia.

The menu is as follows:

First Course: Mackerel with cucumber, basil, and smoked trout on almond gazpacho paired with Vina Moraima, Albarino, 2015

Second Course: Fingerling Potatoes four ways paired with Venus La Universal, Venus Blanc, Montsant, 2013

Third Course: Pork Cheeks in poblano with cauliflower and seasonal vegetables paired with Adega Algueira, Fincas, Ribeira Sacra, 2013

Fourth Course: Lemon Cheesecake with ginger ice cream paired with Bodegas Los Bermejos, Malvasia Dulce, NV

Tickets are $85 a person. Guests are more than welcome to arrive at 6:00PM for cocktails at the bar. For more information, click here.

Event: Seminar on Restaurant Renovations

Calling all entrepreneurs! If you’ve been thinking of opening a restaurant but have no idea where to start, the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce has you covered.  On Wednesday, May 31 at 9:30AM, the GVCCC is hosting a seminar in conjunction with Aerial Design and Build and NDNY Architects.  The event will focus on the renovation process and touch on the following:

– Relevant building information when looking for a commercial space that requires renovating and refurbishing
– Building a team of professionals who can assist with and coordinate the renovation and what their duties entail
– The cost associated with a renovation or interior fit out including both hard and soft costs
– An outline of the regulatory agencies involved and the permit process
– An overview of the renovation process and factors affecting timeline
– An overview of sustainable practices that can be incorporated in a commercial fit out.

Tickets are $10.  The talk will be held at 40 W 27th street, 5th Floor at 9:30AM.  To read more, click here.

 

Empire Diner Seeks to Take Back the Empire

The Empire Diner, located on the western edge of Chelsea, has been open since the 1940’s.  Just like the city itself, the venerable diner has gone through a significant amount of change in that time.  Now, chef John DeLucie is taking on the project with restaurateur Stacy Pisone, and plan to reopen this Monday.

The 92-seat space was previously helmed by Food Network start Amanda Freitag, but her command didn’t last.  That iteration closed in 2015.  But, the far west side is seeing more and more development, as the massive Hudson Yards project works like a magnet on the surrounding area.  So the new team is battling current competition just south near Chelsea Market, and betting on the new residents just north to keep the seats full.

Additionally, DeLucie and Pisone completed an extensive 8-month renovation that brought the vintage diner into the modern age with new electric, ventilation, and interior design.

 

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New York City Parks Releases Bid Request

The New York City Parks Department has just released two Requests for Bids for mobile food concessions throughout the city.  One is for various parks throughout all five boroughs, and the other is for locations specifically within Central Park.

Both were issued yesterday, and both have a Tuesday, May 23rd deadline.  If you’re interested in applying, be sure to read thoroughly through the rules and regulations of the application and the operation.  Historically, NYC has enforced stringent bylaws for these types of operations, including menu items and pricing, operating hours, and initial capital cost requirements.

 

To read more, click here.  Requires log in to download the RFB documentation.

By CHLOE No Longer Run By Chloe

In 2015, the vegan celebrity chef Chloe Coscarelli opened the first location of By CHLOE in partnership with ESquared Hospitality.  The vegan fast-casual restaurant was an instant success,  and the team has gone on to open eight locations from New York, to Boston, to Los Angeles and a New York spin-off bakery, SWEETS By CHLOE.

But trouble began brewing last summer when Coscarelli sued Squared, alleging that Haber wanter her restaurants to serve meat.  Now, some nine months later, the partnership has officially spit; an arbitrator mediated a 12-day hearing to review 4,000 pages of transcripts, 600 exhibits, and seven witnesses.  The arbitrator ruled in favor of ESquare, determining that several of Coscarelli’s actions qualified as “gross negligence.”

According to documents provided to Eater, Chloe impeded lease negotiations, contract development with guest chefs, and proper account receivable procedures.  For ESquared, this is not their first time in the ring with a chef partner: previously, the group operated the BLT empire with Laurent Tourondale, but that split ended in a messy, public battle.

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53-Yeard Old Le Perigord Shutters to Displace Union Labor

The costs involved with running a restaurant in New York City have never been more daunting.  Even for a stalwart of the fine-dining breed, labor costs can undue profitability.  And when a union is involved, the costs can become insurmountable.

Georges Briguer, who has owned the old-school French institution since 1966, has closed Le Perigord as he has not been able to reach terms with the restaurant union, Local 100.  The owner and the union had negotiated for four months to no avail.  Now, legally, closing and reopening as a new business is Mr. Briguer’s path forward.  According to the owner, “We would have to increase the price of the dinner too much…we have no choice,” in order to meet the new deal that would have required an additional $80 per day, per employee–about $12,000 per week–to cover the additional healthcare and pension requests.

In six months, the restaurant at 405 East 52nd will turn the lights back on under a new name: Restaurant 405.  Le Perigord, which once served neighborhood regulars and celebrities such as Truman Capote and Donald Trump alike, will be a memory.  The revised restaurant will have a new menu, but the owner hopes to rehire his staff, sans union.

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