Let the Countdown Begin; Back Forty, Back Thirty-Nine, Back Thirty-Eight…
Peter Hoffman’s Back Forty West is going to open next thursday, March 1st.
Back Forty West will first be open for breakfast and lunch. As Grubstreet points out, a new bar and a smoker have been added to the former Savoy space and dinner will come later in the month with a focus on one pot dishes.
Does that mean feedyourhorse got its cassoulet wish?
Fonda East Village Now Open
Roberto Santibanez, the man behind Park Slope’s Fonda, opened a Fonda outpost in the East Village and hopes to get the same neighborhood vibe as the Brooklyn locale.
Originally slated for a February 21st open date, Fonda opened for dinner yesterday. Brunch plans are in the near future.
40 Avenue B (btwn 3rd and 4th)
Frank Bruni Profiles the Ever Popular Alex Stupak
Alex Stupak is the executive chef/owner of Empellon Taqueria and Empellon Cocina. Neither place is a year old, though both are bringing plenty of buzz and a new vision of Mexican cuisine to New York City.
Former NYTimes restaurant critic Frank Bruni profiles the chef and takes us through his brief (Stupak is only 31) career, which apparently started with getting yelled at for putting cream in scrambled eggs when he worked at Denny’s.
I’ll Have a Shack Burger and a Star, Please
The Shake Shack empire has brought hundreds of jobs to NYC. Positions that are filled mostly by the city’s youth, a point that has worked for and against the burger chain as Pete Wells marks inconsistency as the recurring theme.
James Beard 2012 Semifinalists Announced This Morning
The long list of semifinalists for the James Beard Awards was revealed today. It will see a significant chop next month in Vegas and leave us with the finalists for the ceremony to be held Monday, May 7th at Lincoln Center.
Dale Talde 2.0 Opening (Sometime) Before Summer
It doesn’t look like it will take an Asian lean. Talde says, “At the end of the day, I’m just an American chef.”
Windows are covered and construction has started at the still nameless space. It should be open by summer.
Patsy Grimaldi to Occupy Original Grimaldi’s Space
Patsy Grimaldi has left a long trail in the history of New York City pizza. It started in the 40s, when he learned how to make pizza under his uncle up in Harlem. A legal battle in the 90s lead to the current Grimaldi’s name and the end of the decade, 1998, saw Patsy Grimaldi’s retirement from the pizza world. A decision that never stopped haunting him.
Patsy Grimaldi saw this as a perfect chance to come out of retirement. He plans to open Juliana’s, a name attributed to his late mother, in the original Grimaldi’s location at 19 Old Fulton Street in DUMBO, BK.
Make pizza, not war.
Cabbie Didn’t Realize Hearth Doesn’t Have a Drive-Thru Window
These photo’s come to us via chef Marco Canora over at Hearth. Apparently a cab decided to crash into the restaurant last Friday around 11pm. A tweet from the chef tells us, “Thankfully, no one was hurt.”