Let's hit up some Friday Plywood, shall we?
1) Central Village: Meg Hourihan emails, "24 East 12th Street. Closed a while, now getting plywood. I heard a possible rumor of a burger place going in, but not sure about that. I've been meaning to stop by and ask the workers for details." Indeed, FloFab's fall preview, this space (formerly Yujin) will become Jonathan Morr, "a place with communal tables, an open kitchen, a Parisian chef he will not yet identify, and high-quality burgers." Slated opening: November. [PLYWOOD]
2) East Village: An Eater reader emails, "Passed this perhaps soon-to-open place (right) at 212 E. 10th St. Application is in for a full liquor license. Don't know much more." Seems it might be called Kitchen 212. UPDATE: From broker sources: Kitchen 212, Inc. has signed a lease at 212 E 10th Street for 1,800 sf on the ground floor and 1,000 sf in the basement. Mark Chung of Dumann Realty represented both the landlord and tenant in the transaction. “Our tenants fell in love with the space and we were able to work through all of the obstacles during lease negotiations to ensure that the best interests of all parties were represented in the lease,” said Chung. “Despite the popularity of St. Mark’s Place for Asian food, other side streets in the East Village are also becoming hotspots for diners looking for unique, original offerings.” This will be Kitchen 212’s first restaurant in Manhattan, serving Asian fusion cuisine from all over the world.
3) Upper East Side: Do you know what is taking over the space at 24 east 80th? Work has been on and off for the ground floor space that until last autumn was occupied by Bistro Musee….same chef/owner Caffé Grazie a few blocks north." [PLYWOOD]
4) Cobble Hill: "I saw a construction permit sign on the window of what used to be Smitty's located on Court Street. The name on the permit said Po Brooklyn. I assume it is a sister location to the Po on Cornelia Street." We're hesitant to draw the same conclusion. Anyone know more? UPDATE: It's going to be a 'dance troupe school and day care center', according to local sources. Storefronting, all yours. [PLYWOOD]
5) Random Pre-Plywood Location Search: "Rumor has it one of the best Tex-Mex chains in Texas (Mi Cocina) is looking to find a northern outpost in the city, according to D Magazine in Dallas. I'm a transplanted Texas and personally, I think this is the best news I've heard all year (even better than UT winning the college football championship)." [PRE-PLYWOOD]