Mike's Bistro in NYC Moving Out Next Week, Opening up on East Side Next Month
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.
See the list here:
Moishe's Falafel - 46th Street and 6th Avenue
TaimMobile - Usually in the Flat Iron District - 20th & 5th Avenue from 11am-3pm - Under OKS
Grill on Wheels- 46th & 6th/ 47th & Park/ Financial District (Hanover & Water)- Under R. Mehlman
Schnitizi - 46th & 6th / Occasionally in the Financial District (Water & Old Slip) - Under R. Gornish
* Recently- The Sandwich Factory- 52nd & 6th - Under Kof-K (Click here for CBS2 article on them)
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.
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.
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).
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)