Robot Coffee Chain Cafe X Nears $12 Million in New Funding Round

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“With three locations in San Francisco, robotic coffee shop startup Cafe X Technologies is setting its sights on further growth with a new round of seed funding. According to regulatory filings submitted Aug. 1, signed by founder and CEO Henry Wu, Cafe X has raised $9.42 million in venture capital, with a $12.01 million goal.”

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Influential Thai Restaurant Pok Pok Brooklyn Is Closing

“Pok Pok opened in 2012 to much acclaim, scoring two stars from Eater’s Ryan Sutton and another two in the Times for its unabashedly spicy and funky Northern Thai flavors, especially in its popular fish sauce wings. It was instantly so busy that Ricker opened a bar nearby to handle the waiting crowds. He also moved his smaller noodle and wing shop to the street. But like Ricker said, the Columbia Street Waterfront has indeed failed to catch on, and he eventually closed the smaller shop and gave the bar space to celebrity chef Carla Hall — who also eventually closed there”.

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Two Rooftop Bars Open in Manhattan

“Nomad: The Marmara Park Avenue hotel opened a new rooftop lounge serving Mediterranean food called the Blue Rooftop. There are mezzes and cocktails, including frosé topped with Turkish delight. 114 East 32nd St., between Park and Lexington avenues

Garment District: New rooftop spot Elsie Rooftop has small dishes by David Burke like a grilled cheese with caviar, lobster rolls, and lamb sliders. It overlooks Times Square and the rising Hudson Yards development, and cocktails are $18.”

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Pastrami Queen is opening a Times Square location

More than 60-year-old Jewish deli Pastrami Queen is making its way to Times Square. The popular Kosher deli known for a thick-cut, crumbly version of pastrami — and for being a go-to for the late Anthony Bourdain — will soon have an outpost at 230 West 49th St., between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.

It’s the second location for the restaurant, which had a dramatic move to Upper East Side from its longtime Queens home in 1998; a name swap to Pastrami Queen from Pastrami King accompanied the relocation.

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A Goodbye to Great Jones Cafe, a Vestige of Downtown NYC’s Old Magic

“The Jones it was reliable, it was cheap-ish, it was good (with flashes of comfort food greatness), and there were always seats or would be seats soon, whenever you went. It was the sort of spot where you were more likely than not to be elbow-to-elbow with the sort of ambiguously and stratospherically cool people who made New York a place worth moving to. It was old downtown long after old downtown was gone, not that I was ever really here for it, having arrived to the city in 1998. It wasn’t a scene to make, but the scene was a pleasure to try to blend into.”

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Stumptown Opens Third New York Cafe in Historic Brooklyn Firehouse

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“Portland, Oregon-based Stumptown Coffee Roasters today opened its third cafe in the New York area, inside an historic firehouse building in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood.

Coffee for the cafe will come from Stumptown’s Red Hook roastery, which also turns out coffees for the company’s other New York locations, including a bar inside the Ace Hotel in Midtown Manhattan and a Greenwich Village standalone cafe with an attached training lab that offers public tastings.”

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Starbucks rolls out Italian-style bakery concept

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“The Italian-style bakery will feature breakfasts including baked eggs and pastries; pizzas, soups, salads and sandwiches at lunch; deserts and breads. Coffee will include a Starbucks blend designed for the bakeries, and espresso beverages. It will also serve cocktails, beer and wine — the latest effort in Starbucks’ ongoing quest to drive sales in the afternoons and evenings.”

“In 2016, Starbucks then-CEO and executive chairman Howard Schultz tapped Milanese baker Rocco Princi as a food purveyor for the company’s new high-end retail formats, including its showpiece Roastery and Reserve stores. These are part of the Siren Retail strategy Schultz devised to appeal to coffee connoisseurs and bolster the broader brand cachet.”

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