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Mike's Bistro in NYC Moving Out Next Week, Opening up on East Side Next Month
Mike's Bistro, one of Manhattan's most popular meat restaurant, will serve its last dinner service at its current location on the Upper West Side on June 18th. We broke the story 7 months ago that plans were underway to move to 127 East 54th Street (between Lexington and Park Ave), and we have now confirmed they are moving to the East Side next month. The new 180 seat establishment will be twice the size of the original location, and will feature 5 private rooms and 25 seat bar.
Shalom Chai Pizza on Lower East Side is NOT CLOSED...for now
From The Lo-Down: "Despite numerous reports to the contrary, the kosher pizzeria at 357 Grand St. remains in operation. A legal battle over its forced departure continues in court [today], as the landlord attempts to collect back rent and reclaim the space. Between serving up slices and dispensing sodas to a bustling lunch crowd, Shalom Chai owner David Tgar told us a little while ago that he intends to continue business as usual until July 31, the date he negotiated with landlord Seward Park Co-op as part of a legal settlement earlier this year. "It's all rumors-that we're closed," Tgar said, in reference to reports in various media outlets decrying the demise of the Lower East Side's last full-service kosher restaurant. A marshal's notice of impending eviction, posted on the door of the restaurant on Friday, May 23, prompted declarations that the restaurant had already served its last pizza-speculation that escalated all the way into a New York Times piece [yesterday]. But Shalom Chai reopened as usual after the May 24 break for Sabbath, and has continued normal operations since. "I'm going to stay as long as it is possible," Tgar said this afternoon. For more, click here.
ANOTHER Kosher Food Truck Has Entered the NYC Market (making it 5 in total)
Continuing in the popularity of the non-kosher trend, this past year has seen a surge of kosher food trucks in Manhattan. While some are located in one spot, some move around from day to day, so the best is to follow them on FB or Twitter.
And not only that, the Brooklyn Navy Yard contacted us last week to see if we can get a kosher food truck to appear in their line of food truck vendors. More details to follow.
Doghouse Sports Bar Opening in Teaneck, NJ Next Month
Now when you tell your friends you're in the Doghouse, it won't be because you wife is mad at you. New kosher sports bar, called Doghouse (no relation to House of Dog in Florida), is opening next month in Teaneck at 1415 Palisade Avenue, off Englewood Avenue, adding to the already dizzying amount of restaurants within that
3 block radius. It will be in the former location of Vinny O's Bar & Restaurant (see what the inside of Vinny's O looked like on the photo to the right), and with some renovation underway they are hoping for an early July opening. The restaurant will feature 28 TV's (including in the bathrooms), along with a traditional bar menu like pulled BBQ meat sandwiches and meatball subs. Beer, wine and even sangria will also be offered. (h/t Avi Fried from NJ Restaurant Equipment)
At first temporary, Tova's All Natural Bakery Opens All year Round in NJ
Mark Roth and his wife started Tova's All Natural line of products as a Pesach "pop-up" 3 weeks before this Pesach, It was with a goal to offer a different kind of Pesach pastries - gluten and dairy-free with no artificial colors or preservatives, but they didn't know how successful the products would become. Fast forward a month and they are now carried in 15 stores in NY and NJ and serve at multiple synagogue fundraisers. Tova's All Natural Bakery is now in a different facility and under OU supervision, and they are working on expanding their product line and retail distribution. To create their delectable baked goods they utilize almond flours, create their own organic food dies, and use only natural high-quality ingredients. Except granola, all products are also kosher for Passover. The products can now be purchased online, and they are available for special events catering.
Fumio in New Jersey is Re-Opening With a New Supervision
Fumio Grill & Sushi in Livingston, NJ is now under the Orthodox Supervision of KOA and Rabbi Shloima Isaacson. They will be open for Father's Day.
UPDATE: Carlos & Gabby's in Lakewood to Open in 2 Weeks
According to the owner, the popular Mexican restaurant,
which will be located at 95 Kennedy Blvd. will be open in about 10 days.
Sabra Grill Opens in Rochester, NY
Sabra Grill, Rochester's only Israeli grill, opened at 2600 Elmwood Avenue in mid-May in the area where kosher customers do not have many options for eating out. Sabra Grill is located in the new Meeting Place that took over the former Bagel Bin Cafe location, and shares the dining space with two other restaurant, which
contributes to the living room feel. The glatt kosher Sabra Grill, owned by Israeli-born David and Ruth Cohen serves classic Middle Eastern fair of falafel, shawarma, kebabs, specialty appetizers and sandwiches like borekas or shakshuka, and more, under the supervision of ROKS - Rochester Kosher Services. See the menuhere. You can also read more about them here, or follow their Facebook page.
Megamall Project Renewed in NJ, Will Include Kosher Food Court
The long-delayed megamall project in the Meadowlands sports complex in East Rutherford, NJ was renewed by the Ghermezian family, after signing a union agreement in April, 2014. The Orthodox Jewish family counts among its properties the Mall of America in Minnesota. The good news for the kosher customer here is that an inside source told "Great Kosher Restaurants" that the complex will include a full kosher food court, with several kosher vendors offering upscale and casual fare.
The $2 billion project featuring a waterpark, Hollywood-themed amusement park, retail and dining is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016. To see a news video of the project, click here.
Word out of South Florida
After we announced a not-yet-named Smokehouse Restaurant in Surfside a few weeks ago, Restaurateur Extraordinaire Baruch Sandhaus says he will neither confirm or deny the restaurant happenings on Harding Avenue. Hmm. But the restaurant looks like it could be ready in a couple of months. Meanwhile, you can suggest a name by going here. However, Sandhaus has confirmed thatRARE Steakhouse is here to stay at 4101 Pinetree Drive in Tower 41 and that RARE will be rolling out a completely revised menu (more family friendly) in the next few weeks. Also, we got word that his House of Dog in Jacksonville is hoping to open soon after Tisha B'Av (mid August).
Solly's Eatery in London Closes Despite Efforts from One Direction's Harry Styles
Solly's, London's shawarma restaurant, much loved by public and endorsed by One Direction's musician Harry Styles, closed it's doors on June 3 despite the efforts to save it through an active social media campaign by their loyal customers. One of the first kosher Israeli restaurants in London, Solly's had been bringing the tastes of Israel to Londoners for 24 years. It will be missed.
Cultural Center for Israelis with Synagogue and Kosher Food to be Build in China
A community center for Israelis, complete with a synagogue and kosher restaurant, is set to be build in the next two years in the Chinese city of Changzhou, about 100 miles from Shanghai. The city has established itself as a high-tech industrial zone for the past several years. The new center 25,000 sq.m large aims to make Israelis doing business in China feel more comfortable as the Wujin Economic zone (WEZ) in Changzhou expects to see between 50 and 100 Israeli companies within next five years according to Stone Shi, Wujin Economic Zone's deputy administrator. (Source: Timeofisrael.com)
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