Everything We Know About La Grata Becoming Nobodys Pizza (with Brunch)

A little more than a year ago we received an invitation to a tasting celebrating the opening of a new southern Italian-style pizzeria, La Grata, in Port Morris. It was in a prime location, the food was great, and the space—floor to ceiling windows, black wood furniture, and an exposed kitchen—was obviously attractive. So we were surprised to find out that La Grata was no more because it had been taken over by.. Read More

Inside The Casa Restaurant & Lounge Relaunch After a Tough Two Years

Casa Restaurant & Lounge opened at 3607 E Tremont Ave in November 2015 with hopes of bringing something new to the neighborhood. It’s an origin story we hear a lot. Though we’re less used to hearing about the kinds of  challenges that can kill even the best restaurant businesses like the challenge of changing the menu with the chef, finding the right team synergy, or being the new kid in.. Read More

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

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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 Jet.com. [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

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“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 gunhilltavern.com.” – 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

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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

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