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Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Weekly Roundup: Crumbs Cupcakes Closes...Maybe, NYC Butchers and Notable Closings

  • Crumbs Bake Shop Tanks, Signaling End of Cupcake Era: Last night all 48 locations of the NYC-based jumbo cupcake chain Crumbs Bake Shop closed their doors for good. The company was forced to abruptly shutter its shops after its stock plummeted and was pulled from the Nasdaq last week, the Wall Street Journal reports. 
    • Crumbs locations seen as unappetizing: The shuttered baker's nearly 20 outposts around the city are too small for many food sellers, too pricey for many small ones and lack enough ventilation for those with ambitions to cook.
    • Giant Cupcakes Are Not Dead After All: Less than 72 hours after Crumbs Bake Shop abruptly shuttered all of its locations, the chain is getting close to signing a deal that will bring it back from the dead.
  • You Can Now Get Food & Beer Delivered To You In Central Park: is launching its first "personal picnic delivery service," which will deliver meals, special picnic packages and beer to Central Park-goers.
  • 9/11 Museum Café Drops Plans to Serve Alcohol and a Full Food Menu: Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group has switched its plans for the 80-seat café that it will operate in the Pavilion at the 9/11 Museum & Museum. Back in May, Meyer suggested that customers would be able to order from a "subdued, seasonal, mostly vegetarian menu," but museum officials now say the café will serve only pastries, tea, and coffee when it debuts later this month.

  • A Warming Trend in Restaurant Service: A turn toward friendlier, perk-filled service is winning customer loyalty and even a few hugs at some of the country's top restaurants. Industry leaders like Will Guidara of Manhattan's Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad are helping to shift some of the spotlight from the kitchen to the front of the house
  • Booze industry is overflowing: Producers attribute the spike in beverage licenses for wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries approved by New York state so far this year to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's efforts to boost the industry.
  • $120 Truffle Beer Headed to NYC Restaurants: Black truffles, which go for $3,000 per pound, have been deployed in a new brew that comes in a $120, 22-ounce serving size ideal for the one-percenter in your life. The Perigord-truffle-infused pilsner is the brainchild of Jared Rouben, late of Goose Island and now at the helm of Chicago's "culinary brewing" concept Moody Tongue.


  • Eight Old-Fashioned NYC Butcher Shops Worth Visiting: Like the Germans, Italians from Southern Italy prefer pork over beef and lamb, and they fashion it into all sorts of dried and fresh sausages. The original Faicco's was founded in 1900 in Greenwich Village (the second iteration still exists on Bleecker Street) by Edward Faicco, who emigrated from Sorrento, Italy.
  • A Happy Hunter for a Must-Have Taste: Mr. Rosati is on a constant search for inspiration, hunting for local artisans with whom to collaborate. In New York, for instance, Milk & Cookies Bakery makes red velvet cake for the Red Velvet custard and concrete.
  • Tio Pepe - A Greenwich Village Favorite Celebrates 45 Years: Tio Pepe has prospered since 1970, and considering this Greenwich Village hot spot is right in the middle of one of the most competitive restaurant neighborhoods in the world, it must be doing something right. It is, in fact, doing many things right.
  • Interview With A Locksmith: In not quite a nukkad of a foreign land—Greenwich Village, New York to be precise—an Indian film-maker, writer and traveller is sucked into a tiny shop
  • Pilot In Fatal LI Sound Plane Crash ID'd As NYC Resident: The pilot killed in the fatal small plane crash just north of Mattituck Inlet yesterday has been identified. Zubair Khan, a 41-year-old Manhattan resident who lived in Greenwich Village, was the only person in the aircraft.

  • Bar owner Googles 'perfect market’: Eager to tap into young techies' taste for craft beers, owners of Cooper's Craft and Kitchen inked a lease on Eighth Avenue in Chelsea, near several Silicon Alley heavyweights, including the search-engine star.

  • Whisker and reward: Bensonhurst shaving company on the grow: The New York Shaving Company makes hand-blended shaving soaps and colognes, classic safety razors, and high-end lather brushes from a storefront on 20th Avenue in Bensonhurst and operates two shave parlors in Manhattan. Despite the parlors’ location across the river, the service is totally Old Brooklyn, according to one of the company’s founders.
  • Nolita Standby Ruby's Cafe Is Closed for Expansion: Ruby's Cafe, the well-liked, Aussie-inspired Nolita standby is currently closed for an expansion.

  • As New York Landlords Push Buyouts, Renters Resist: Buyouts have long been part of the city’s real estate lore, complete with only-in-New York stories of tenants who made millions relinquishing apartments they did not own. But as offers have become more common at the lower end of the ravenous housing market, buyouts have become instruments of illegal harassment and a growing threat to the stock of affordable housing, tenant groups and housing officials said.


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