How Forthcoming Industry Kitchen Plays to Downtown's Changing Demographics

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Industry Kitchen
An artist's rendering of the future Industry Kitchen
Merchants Hospitality is responsible for a number of restaurants down in the Financial District -- besides SouthWestNY, the first restaurant to re-open immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it counts Clinton Hall, Pound & Pence, Merchants River House, and Watermark Bar among its portfolio. And it has more projects in the works, too, including Industry Kitchen (70 South Street), a restaurant tucked beneath the FDR slated to open this fall.

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Bierocracy Plots a Long Island City Restaurant Followed by a Global Empire

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Bierocracy
Marek Chatrny and his partners haven't yet opened their first beer hall and restaurant, but already they're plotting an international chain. "We'd like to open a global chain of branded beer halls," Chatrny, a Czech native whose professional roots are on Wall Street and in a Central European real estate fund, says. "There are chains in other areas -- Starbucks, McDonalds -- but there are very few beer-focused restaurant chains. There's one in the southern United States, but it's more suburban -- we want to focus on a more urban place where we could place our restaurant in more historical setting." He and his partners would also like to focus on the centuries-old Central European beer tradition and celebrate brews from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany. And they'll debut their first location this winter when they open Bierocracy (12-23 Jackson Avenue) in Long Island City.

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UrbanSpace's Garment District Food Market Will Open September 15

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Erin Kestenbaum
The crowd at Mad. Sq. Eats
UrbanSpace's markets -- including Mad. Sq. Eats, Broadway Bites, and the holiday markets that pop up in Union Square and Columbus Circle come Christmas time -- are now an engrained part of the New York City landscape, drawing shoppers and eaters, locals and tourists alike. And that's quite the feat, considering that when the company, which was founded in London, launched its first market -- a holiday market in Grand Central in the '80s -- it was told markets would never fly with New Yorkers.

Fly, they did, and now, more than 25 years later, UrbanSpace is plotting its first permanent year-round market plus a Garment District food market in conjunction with the Garment District Alliance.

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California Olive Oil Chain We Olive Will Soon Descend on Brooklyn

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We Olive
Angelo Incorvaia spent his career in corporate America, but he and his wife, Patricia, had long nursed a love affair with California's culture, from its Napa Valley wineries to its cuisine. And so a year and a half ago, when the couple were casting around for something new to do, they decided to bring California olive oil to Brooklyn, opening the city's first outpost of a small chain called We Olive (116 Smith Street, Brooklyn).

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Soft Spot Owner Brings Kilo Bravo, a New Neighborhood Bar, to Williamsburg

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Kilo Bravo
When Kate Buenaflor opened Soft Spot in Williamsburg nine years ago, it became a neighborhood bar to a very different kind of neighborhood. "There wasn't a whole lot of things going on," she says. "I shopped at a bodega. Having a bar here back then was so much fun -- there wasn't anyone here. Soft Spot is a reliable, friendly, neihborhood spot. Our early customers were regulars because there was nowhere else to go."

Since then, she says, she's enjoyed watching the neighborhood change exponentially. Now, she's getting ready to open Kilo Bravo (180 North 10th Street, Brooklyn), a new neighborhood bar, with business partner and friend Richard DeVore, and she hopes it will serve the needs of current Williamsburg denizens.

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Wassail, NYC's First Cider Bar and Restaurant, Is Coming to the LES

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Stella Dacuma Schour
Over the past three and a half years, husband-and-wife duo Jennifer Lim and Ben Sandler have built the Queens Kickshaw -- their beer bar, restaurant, and coffeeshop in Astoria -- into a must-visit for this city's cider fiends and cider-curious. The list has grown as their obsession has deepened, and it now features dozens of selections, a showcase of some of the most interesting ciders being made in this country in addition to pours from France, Spain, Germany, and the U.K.

As they've learned the industry, they've become leaders in the cider movement here in NYC, and they'll cement that position further in the coming months: They've landed a Lower East Side liquor license and lease, and they're planning to use it to open Wassail (162 Orchard Street), the city's first cider restaurant and bar.

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Bar Below Kitchen & Cocktail Vault Will Bring Comfort Fare to the Penn Station Neighborhood

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Wyndham New Yorker
The Wyndham New Yorker Hotel gets another new restaurant
The neighborhood around Penn Station, long a culinary black hole, is showing signs of life, not least because of the redevelopment of Hudson Yards, which will bring skyscrapers, housing, and, yes, restaurants to the area. We told you recently about the forthcoming Trattoria Bianca, and now we have details on Bar Below Kitchen & Cocktail Vault (481 Eighth Avenue), a kitchen and cocktail vault that's slated to open soon.

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Stanton Street Kitchen Plots a Beer-Centric Restaurant on the LES

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Stanton Street Kitchen via Facebook
Erik Blauberg got his first restaurant job at the ripe old age of 12, landing a gig as a pot-washer when a desperate owner needed help after a kitchen walk-out. He started learning to cook the next year, and that set the stage for a career that's included such prolific stops as Tavern on the Green, Bouley, and the 21 Club. For the past several years, he's been consulting all over the globe, and he launched a high-end culinary travel program to expose gastronauts to foreign delicacies. He's back in New York City now, though, and come mid-September, he'll open the Stanton Street Kitchen (178 Stanton Street), a beer-centric restaurant on the Lower East Side.

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Trattoria Bianca Will Bring Casual Italian to Midtown South

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Cooper's Tavern is becoming Trattoria Bianca this fall
Nearly 45 years ago, Joseph Baum, revered for his work with elaborate themed restaurants, and Michael Whiteman, founding editor of Nation's Restaurant News, created Baum + Whiteman International Restaurant Consultants, a company that's been behind such prolific New York projects as the restoration of the Rainbow Room and the creation of Windows on the World. Now, the company is working on a project on 35th Street and Eighth Avenue, turning Cooper's Tavern into Trattoria Bianca (481 Eighth Avenue), an informal trattoria meant to draw the neighborhood with simplicity and comfort on the plate.

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Botequim Will Bring Brazilian Culture to Union Square in September

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Botequim via Facebook
Feijoada completa, one of the dishes served during the Botequim pop-up
Did you have a chance to drop into the Botequim pop-up during the World Cup? Chef-owner Marco Moreira, a native of Brazil, turned the bottom floor of his space at the Hyatt in Union Square into a restaurant that channels his home country's botequims, casual neighborhood restaurants where people meet for drinks and snacks. They're not unlike bistros or bodegas, co-owner Jo-Ann Makovitzky says, and during the World Cup, the place drew Brazilians from all over the city, who watched the matches while feasting on Brazilian snacks.

The pop-up has closed for the summer, but come September, Botequim (132 Fourth Avenue, 212-432-1324) will rise again, becoming a permanent restaurant.

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