News Roundup: Keyfood Opens in Melrose, Baldor Launched a Meal Kit


A new Keyfood in Melrose celebrated its grand opening in The Bronx last Friday, October 6th. The grocery store is located at 760 Melrose. The store’s manager says he understands the diversity of the neighborhood and if customers want specific items from the Caribbean he will get them in. [Bronx News 12]

Bronx-based Baldor Specialty Foods has joined the meal kit business. The wholesale food supplier launched a line of Veggie Kits under its private label of package food, Urban Roots. The kits, which don’t require a subscription, are fresh, plant-based, refrigerated meals that can be prepared in 15 minutes. Whole Foods, FreshDirect and Shoprite are among the retailers Baldor executives are in talks with to sell the meal kits for $8 each. However, the first line—meals based around cauliflower—are currently available at [New York Post]

Earlier this year a pilot program allowing SNAP users to purchase groceries online started. Now there is evidence that it’s already affecting how people food shop. PBS NewsHour reported that a new study by New York University shows “More people in poor neighborhoods purchased fresh produce when mobile markets used wireless banking machines to accept food stamps“. The study focused on The Bronx because it has the highest obesity rate in New York state.  [PBS NEWSHOUR]

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Italian Resto MUTZ Is Making Fast Food Feel More Like Home Cooking


MUTZ is giving foodies hearty, homestyle Italian food as an option in a Throggs Neck shopping center dotted with familiar fast food chains. The short menu at MUTZ Fast. Fresh. Italian, which opened in April at 815 Hutchinson River Parkway, is only made up of simplified, best-selling Italian classics, but there was consideration behind it. “When menus are too large it gets complicated for employees and customers”, co-owner, Jessica Sansotta explained during.. Read More

Gun Hill Tavern Grand Opening! Saturday, Nov 19


“Please join us as we celebrate the grand opening of Gun Hill Tavern, our first satellite location, this Saturday, November 19th from 1pm – 1am.  Located at 780 East 133rd Street in the Bronx, GHT will have 20 draft lines (14 Gun Hill beers, 4 beers from other NY breweries, and 2 NY ciders), an all NYS spirits and wine list, and a full kitchen.  We will be open 7 days a week.  Be sure to follow @gunhilltavern on social media, and check out” – Gun Hill Brewing Company


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La Grata Pizzeria Opens in Port Morris with Affordable Southern Italian


As the landscape of the South Bronx continues to change, news of openings in the area can be viewed with wide-eyed excitement and narrow-eyed vigilance. In the case of La Grata, the latest venture by Somerset Hospitality Group, both might apply. However, La Grata Pizzeria, located at 136 Alexander Ave in Port Morris, promises to be affordable and accessible to locals, with hires from the community like Monroe College students. When they opened their.. Read More

News Roundup: Monte’s Seafood’s FDA Warning, “Not Tipping” Hits Bx

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent out 2016 warning letters to seafood processors and diary farms in violation of FDA regulations. Monte’s Seafood Emporium, Inc. in The Bronx was among the recipients. The FDA said Monte’s crab meat, yellow tail snapper and mackerel have been “prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health”. The letter also offers a list of corrective actions addressing temperature and transportation issues. [Food Safety News]

One of the possible renovations to The Bronx General Post Office was going to be rooftop restaurant—rumored to be a beer garden.This feature of the new plans wasn’t confirmed, but the Landmarks Preservation commissioners recently approved the renovations. [Bronx Times]

“No tipping” is a fairly new trend that is gaining popularity on the NYC restaurant scene. Now Bronx restaurant, Sabrousura 2 has also implemented the policy uptown. Owner Nelson Ng has raised the employee wage from $5 to $13 to compensate for no tipping. Reportedly, workers and diners are happy with the change. [News 12]

The borough got its second BJ’s Wholesale Club this January. The huge warehouse superstore, located at 184 W. 237th Street in Riverdale, features an on-premise bakery, self-checkout, and a grocery pick-up service. It opened with a private community celebration that included a children’s dance performance, messages from elected officials, and a bread breaking ceremony instead of ribbon cutting to officially open the store. The other Bx BJ’s is located at 610 Exterior Street. [Bronx Times]


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6 New Bronx Restaurants Creating a Buzz Uptown


There is a lot of talk surrounding the current and future real estate developments in The Bronx. What it means for the borough is still up for debate, but the one thing everyone can agree on is good food. A crop of new restaurants put down roots and set up kitchen in some of the The Bronx’s culinary havens, including Morris Park, East Tremont and Riverdale, in recent months. We’ve covered many of.. Read More

A Look at The Bronx Museum’s New XM Cafe


The wait is over for The Bronx Museum’s first ever cafe. Wednesday, August 9th, the museum’s XM Cafe—a name chosen through the public competition they held earlier this summer—officially opened for business. XM Cafe, made up of a food center and table seating for visitors, is located in the first floor lobby of the museum. As promised the menu offers sandwiches, wraps and salads in vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, as well.. Read More

News Roundup: Travesias Opens, The Bronx Hot Sauce is a Hot Seller


Only a few months old, new restaurant Travesias is already a hot spot. The Latin fusion restaurant with an Asian and Indian twist is located on East Tremont Ave. It’s open 7 days a week for dinner and will soon be open for lunch. The name Travesias literally means to travel, which is what owner Brian Martinez wants patrons to do with his unique combination of international flavors. [News 12]

New Yorker John Crotty had been donating serrano peppers to a Crotona Park community garden and buying back the harvested peppers in order to fund the garden and make the peppers into bottles of hot sauce. ‘The Bronx Hot Sauce‘ is currently sold at local farmers markets and Whole Foods around the city. At $6.99 a bottle, thousands of bottles have been sold so far and 22 Bronx community gardens have signed on for the venture next year. [CBS New York]

The High Bridge, which connects The Bronx to Manhattan, made headlines last month when it reopened after being closed for over 40 years. Some residents on the opposite side of the bridge haven’t been too happy about it, but that didn’t stop the New York Parks Department from celebrating the reopen this past Saturday, July 25th with a free festival, featuring activities and international food for attending New Yorkers. [News 12]



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News Roundup: Gun Hill Brewing Canning It, Bx NeON Nutrition Opens


“For those who’ve missed it, [Gun Hill Brewing] is happy to announce that we intend to start canning some of our beer. Our plan is to can Void of Light first, followed shortly thereafter with the Gold and IPA. In order for us to start canning, however, we need to bring in a new fermentation tank so that we do not disrupt our regular production schedule. As such, we are running a kickstarter-esque campaign to try to raise money to bring in this tank by the end of August to begin canning in September.” To spread the word or donate click here. [Gun Hill Brewing Co.]

SoBro’s NeON Nutrition Kitchen celebrated it’s grand opening this Monday, July 13, 2015. The Neighborhood Opportunity Network Kitchen supplies the families of those on probation with nutritious, healthy foods. NeON will also offer nutrition education through seminars and food demonstrations by NYC’s top chefs. The program provides an alternative to soup kitchens and food pantries which often carry stigmas for many. [News 12]

SPECIAL INTEREST: A small protest outside of the old Bronx Courthouse at 878 Brook Ave, during the art opening of No Longer Empty’s “When We Cut Into The Past The Future Leaks Out” exhibit, left attendees clutching their cups of wine uncomfortably back in April. The protest addressed issues of gentrification, spurred by underlying real estate agendas arising from the partnership of No Longer Empty and brokers. It was visible in the art crowd which included little to no Bronxites. It has many upset and fearful for the boroughs future. Now the conversation continues as a recently published article analyzes the events surrounding the art show. [Hyperallergic]

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