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Restaurant Openings & Updates (7/14/16)

RESTAURANT OPENINGS, CLOSURES & UPDATES:
 
MANHATTAN
The Financial District is about to get another kosher restaurant. They are about two weeks from opening, but Amba "Fidi" is going to be a cute, little Israeli spot at 160 Pearl Street (right off Wall Street), serving falafel and schwarma. They will be open from 11:30am-9pm, Sunday through Thursday with shorter hours on Friday. Amba will offer delivery to lower Manhattan within a 2 mile radius. The restaurant will be under the supervision of Rabbi David Navarro of Staten Island. From the owners of Falafel off the Korner.
 
BROOKLYN
Talk about Farm to Table! In just a few short weeks the garden atop Bison & Bourbon will be flourishing and supplying herbs, squash, beans and peas to their seasonal dishes! Chef Moti Lebovich created the magical garden to provide the freshest ingredients for their kitchen. The system is still being cycled (bringing up nitrate levels) and timing will be flaky until it's stable, but without any major problems the food can be on plates in the next two weeks. Make your reservations and have garden-to-table ingredients right here in Brooklyn by phone at (718) 422-0801 or email reservations@bisonandbourbon.com. Bison & Bourbon is located at 191 7th Street in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn. 
 
 
Bennys
FIVE TOWNS
According to their Instagram page, Benny's Brick Oven Pizza will be closed from now until August 1st. They are going to be closed just temporarily for renovations, not for good. Any schools wanting to order pizza pies for the school year need to call Josh at 347-234-1593. 
 
 
In early July, Rita's Ice in Lawrence opened for what will be a soft opening summer. Their grand opening will probably take place at the end of August when most of the residents are back. Rita's of Lawrence plans to have an extensive menu which includes the many different exotic flavors of Italian ice and frozen custard Rita's offers. They will also be carrying a Rita's dessert menu, which includes Oreo and Cinnamon Churros, funnel cake fries, and hot cinnamon pretzels. Their entire menu will be under the Vaad of the 5 Towns. All Rita's Italian ice is pareve. Located at 296 Central Avenue in Lawrence, NY. 
 
 
ARIZONA
Kitchen 18 in Scotsdale, Arizona is now under new management along with the people from La Bella restaurant. They have expanded the menu to include a full sushi bar and plenty of Chinese specialty dishes. This is in addition to their already large Mediterranean menu. The restaurant has been under this new management since Sunday, July 10th. They are open for lunch and dinner and offer catering as well. Along with the fish and meat dishes there are vegetarian options as well like their salads and appetizers. Click here to view photos of the restaurant and a glimpse of the new menu. Kitchen 18 is located at 10211 N. Scottsdale Road. 
 
 
FLORIDA
As of this week the new restaurant Raw Poke Bar has opened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They are located next door to Falafel Time by the Las Olas Chabad building. Poke is a lightly marinated raw fish salad which originated in Hawaii. You can choose from their Signature Bowl options or create your own. Signature Bowls include the Kona made with Spicy Tuna, Edamame, Daikon, Green Onion, Sesame Seeds and Spicy Mayo or the Maui made with Salmon, Avocado, Mango, Cucumber, Masago and Ponzu Lime among others. They also have vegetarian options for those who don't eat fish. Raw Poke Bar is located at 1304 East Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, FL. They are under the supervision of the ORB. 
 
WASHINGTON, DC
Looking for Glatt Kosher food in our nation's capital? Well, so were GW alums Carly Meisel, Sophia Brener, Yoni Kintzer, Rivky Steiner, and Rabbi Yudi Steiner of the local Chabad house. They decided to do something about it and after just a few months their Brooklyn-based menu food truck was ready for business. The menu features Jewish classics like Matzo Ball Soup, Pulled Brisket, Pastrami and Knishes. It also features some more out of the box options like a Curried Chicken Salad, Truffle Cauliflower Mash and a Vegetarian version of Chulent with Portobello mushroom, sunchokes, and barley. You can find the truck's daily location by following them on Facebook or Twitter. Brooklyn Sandwich Co. is under the supervision of Rabbi Hillel Baron of Congregation Ahavas Israel in Columbia, MD. 
 
TEXAS
We've just got word of a brand new kosher restaurant opened late last month in the Lone Star State of Texas. Danelo Italian Cuisine is Dallas's newest and only Cholov Yisroel Dairy restaurant. They are certified kosher under the Dallas Vaad. The restaurant is located adjacent to Meat Point at 7114 Campbell Road in Dallas, Texas. The food is Italian with a Mediterranean spin like their Sabich or Shakshuka inspired Pizzas, or Feta & Sweet Potato Salad. The restaurant is also serving classic Italian dishes like Beet Carpaccio, Manicotti, Ravioli, Pizza, Whole Fish, Fettuccine and more. Yee-Haw!
 
CANADA
On July 6th Ernie & Ellie's reopened under the management of Joel Cohen and Chef Marvin Fuks. They will be keeping the same menu but executing it with better quality ingredients and more experience. According to this Facebook video the new owners seem very excited about the reopening and are out to show their customers that the food and service at Ernie & Ellie will be much improved. Ernie & Ellie's is now certified Glatt Kosher under the MK. Click here to see a video by MK on the kosher supervision. Located at 6900 Decarie Square in Montreal, QC. 
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