Fond Remembrances Follow 'Inoteca to Its Final Service

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'Inoteca (98 Rivington Street, 212-614-0473) needs wine drinkers.

Open since 2004, the restaurant started last night's service with 1,300 bottles in total, each one of which needs to be drained to dregs before Sunday morning at 4 a.m. when the doors will close for good. "We're hoping to get through it," co-owner Ethan Richardson says. "We're opening some crazy stuff by the glass that you'll never see."


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Picnic Closes in the East Village

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Rumors were circulating that Picnic (117 Second Avenue), the Southern-inflected American restaurant that opened just a few months back in the East Village, closed up shop a week or so ago (that the phone rings incessantly and that EV Grieve posted a rent listing for the address seem pretty convincing evidence, too). We now get confirmation from two people with knowledge of the restaurant that the rumors are true -- Picnic has packed it in.

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Alias Closes Saturday: Go Have One Last Blue Plate Special

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Eater reported yesterday that 11-year-old Alias, which once made our list of best restaurants on the Lower East Side, will shutter on Saturday to make way for tapas and seafood restaurant Black Crescent, pending that concept's liquor license approval.

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Doris and El Aripo Open, 9th Street Bakery Closing

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El Aripo, now open on Delancey.
An institution bids adieu, and a crowd-funded spot makes an entrance in today's round-up of neighborhood news.

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East Village Wine Shop Tinto Fino Closes Today

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Tinto Fino will close after business today.
After seven years at 85 First Avenue, today's the last day of business for all-Spanish wine shop Tinto Fino, Vinos de EspaƱa. The shop is open from 1 to 10 p.m. today.

"It's incredibly tough," said owner Kerin Auth on Thursday afternoon by phone from the shop, located on First Avenue between East 5th and 6th streets. Auth didn't want to disclose her plans for the future, but said she's moving on to another company.

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Say Goodbye to the Homebrew Department at Bowery Whole Foods

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DIY food- and beverage-related crafts have soared in popularity in the past several years, and we'll bet you can think of at least one or two friends who have at least flirted with a homebrewing hobby. Though equipment-heavy and time-consuming, there are enough people making their own beer in this city to fuel a number of loose organizations as well as a Brooklyn homebrew tour, a private living room crawl that nets the brew-curious a chance to try some of the borough's best home-crafted ales and lagers.

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Stand Burger Closed Last Week

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Goodbye, Stand

Jonathan Morr's seven-year-old burger joint Stand closed last week in Greenwich Village. Grub Street reported that its website went kaput ("Stand4 is closed Thank you for your business") and that many of its innards were auctioned off on Monday.

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Veselka Bowery Shuttered; Ciano Closed But Will Move to Upper East Side

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Veselka Bowery closed on Sunday

Veselka Bowery closed on Sunday after 18 months in business. The Ukrainian restaurant has been a staple in its original location on the corner of Second Avenue and East 9th Street, but the second outpost's closure did not come as a surprise to many; it was usually near-empty. Management posted a note on Facebook on Sunday that said, "Veselka Bowery wants to thank all our old friends -- and the new friends we made along the way -- as we close our doors today at 4 p.m. for the last time." 9 E. 1st St.; 212-387-7000

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La Villita Forced to Close in Williamsburg

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La Villita, a Mexican bakery on the corner of Grand Street and Bedford Avenue, was forced to close at the end of February after the landlord raised the rent from $5,000 to $10,000. The GW News learned the bakery closed on Feb. 28 after 17 years in business. Owner Alfonso Sosa and his family ran the bakery, and neighbors claimed it was the only place in the area where they could find an egg sandwich and a cup of coffee for $2.50.

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A Bodega Buffet Is Shut Down Because of the Smell

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d'Espresso closed on Lower East Side.
Lower East Side coffee shop d'Espresso closed on Stanton Street, Bowery Boogie reported. The Italian-style cafe opened in 2008 and expanded to midtown in 2010 (the midtown location will remain open). 100 Stanton Street

Midtown Lunch discovered a "hidden gem"--an unnamed Indian buffet operating out of a bodega on Fifth Avenue. But after going back for another meal, the blog learned the bodega shut down the buffet because employees in the building complained about the smell. The building manager asked the bodega owner to stop serving food indefinitely. 420 Fifth Avenue

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