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Westville Shopping Around for Fifth Location

Westville at 210 West 10th Street.

Neighborhood comfort food joint Westville is looking to open a fifth New York City restaurant and its first commercial kitchen in Manhattan or in a Brooklyn neighborhood near Manhattan.

Westville tapped newly formed Voda Bauer Real Estate to assist in the search for a 2,000- to 5,000-square-foot restaurant and commissary space, the real estate firm announced. Read More

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Panera Bread Coming to Hallmark’s Old Space on PAS

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A Panera Bread bakery and cafe is under construction at SL Green Realty‘s 304 Park Avenue South at the corner of 23rd Street, in a space partly previously occupied by a Hallmark store.

“I think that area is light on food offerings,” said Jeffrey Roseman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Retail, who represented SL Green in the deal. “Now with Eataly there, it’s become such an incredibly busy hub. The Madison Square market is a changed market from what it was a few years ago. It’s on people’s radar screen now.” Read More

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Smashburger Expands Franchise Agreements in Manhattan, Queens

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Smashburger has expanded its agreements with franchisees in both Manhattan and Queens, the company announced yesterday. The agreements call for a total of 14 new restaurant locations in New York City.

The Denver-based fast-casual burger chain has expanded its agreement with Smash Partners to open 10 new restaurants in Manhattan. As reported by Commercial Observer, Smash Partners signed a 5,432-square-foot lease for the first Smashburger location in Manhattan earlier this year. The restaurant, which is located at 10 West 33rd Street, opened last month. Read More

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Denny’s ‘Tentatively’ Set to Open in FiDi Before Summer’s End

A rendering of the Denny's at 150 Nassau Street.

New York City’s first Denny’s is “tentatively” opening by the end of the summer, a spokesman for the Grand Slam breakfast chain told Commercial Observer, and is currently building out its space at 150 Nassau Street. The State Liquor Authority approved its liquor license two days ago, an agency spokesman said.

Previous reports indicated that Denny’s would be opening this month, but restaurant spokesman Seth Grugle said Denny’s never announced an opening date. Read More

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FiDi Getting Gastropub With 70 Beers [Updated]

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The owners of Rattle N Hum, Beer Authority and The Irish American are opening one of the largest craft beer bars in Lower Manhattan, Commercial Observer has learned.

Rattle N Hum and Beer Authority owners Eamon Donnelly and Joseph Donagher have teamed up with Brian McLaughlin, owner of The Irish American, to open Barleycorn craft beer and grill at 23 Park Place. On the ground floor of Barleycorn, slated to open in September, there will be a 4,000-square-foot gastro-style pub with 70 beer lines, a full-service kitchen, an in-house pizza oven and a raw bar, Mr. Donnelly said. Read More

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Chef Prodigy, Food Market Chain Owner Hook Up for Hudson Food Hall [Updated]

Gregg Grossman. (Credit: Culinaria Group)

Teen chef Greg Grossman is teaming up with the founder of the eatery chain Bread & Butter to create Hudson Food Hall, Commercial Observer has learned.

“I wanted to do a different concept taking some of the Bread & Butter infrastructure, wearing different colors and schemes and create a true New York food experience,” said Terence Park, the founder, president and owner of Bread & Butter. Read More

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Mighty Quinn’s Takes West Village Space

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Fast casual barbecue restaurant Mighty Quinn’s will be expanding to the West Village after signing a long-term, 2,760-square-foot lease at 75 Greenwich Avenue.

The space, formerly occupied by Bone Lick BBQ, will be designed in the image of Mighty Quinn’s East Village flagship at 103 Second Avenue. Read More

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Forcella on Park Avenue South Slated to Close [Updated]

Forcella at 377 Park Avenue South

Forcella pizzeria and Italian restaurant is closing on Park Avenue South, Commercial Observer has learned.

The restaurant, which has been open at 377 Park Avenue South between 26th and 27th streets for roughly two years, will pack it in once a new tenant takes the space, according to the broker marketing the site, Eastern Consolidated‘s James Famularo. Park Avenue Bistro was in the space prior to Forcella. Read More

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David Waltuck Eatery Coming to Old Veritas Space [Updated]

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The former home of Veritas Restaurant in the Flatiron area is set to become a French-influenced restaurant called élan, showcasing former Chanterelle chef and owner David Waltuck.

Mr. Waltuck and his business partner, George Stinson, a former general manager at Chanterelle, closed on a 10-year deal for 2,000 square at the 50-seat restaurant space at 43 East 20th Street between Broadway and Park Avenue South. The new restaurant is expected to open in May. Read More

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Keith McNally to Replace Pulino’s With French Restaurant

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Pulino’s, the trendy pizzeria from uber restaurateur Keith McNally, will close for renovations in January and reopen as Cherche Midi sometime in March, Eater reported this morning.

The restaurant opened at 282 Bowery in early 2010, near the start of a dining, retail and cultural boom that transformed New York’s onetime skid row into a fashionable 24/7 destination. Owners of nearby small business that predated the upmarket pizza joint attributed its opening to a subsequent tripling in rents. Read More

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Stephen Starr to Seek Restaurant at 222 Bowery

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Blockbuster Philly-based restaurateur Stephen Starr (Buddakan, Morimoto) has submitted a liquor license application to Community Board 2 for a restaurant at 222 Bowery.

The site, which was the first modern branch of the YMCA and later a redoubt of New York bohemians including William Burroughs, currently houses environmentally-friendly retailer Green Depot. Read More

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Tishman to Reopen the Rainbow Room Next Fall

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Tishman Speyer have announced that the famed Rainbow Room will reopen in the fall of 2014. That’s later than was expected last month when Tishman began accepting bids from restaurant product and service suppliers, but a decisive step forward for the sky high 30 Rockefeller Plaza cantine that has been closed since 2009.

“The Rainbow Room space has occupied the collective imagination and memories of generations of Americans and New Yorkers,” Keith Douglass, the managing director of Rockefeller Center, said in a prepared statement. “We are pleased to reopen it, and we are committed to operating a Rainbow Room that will offer top levels of dining service and catering for today’s visitors while preserving the elegance for which it is so well known.” Read More

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Odessa Cafe Closes After 33 Years, “American Brasserie” on the Way

Odessa Cafe (Credit: EV Grieve/Michael Sean Edwards)

After 33 years at 117 Avenue A, the bar and vaguely Ukrainian diner Odessa Cafe will serve its last pierogi on August 31st.

Rumors of the closing picked up steam in May when a tenant going by 117 Avenue A Food & Drink LLC  applied for a new liquor license with Community Board 3. Odessa’s building went up for sale the following month. Now, after a closing date first reported as August 15th and then September 6th, the Alphabet City stalwart will pack it up over Labor Day weekend. Read More