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EaterWire: Pioneer BBQ's Fate Uncertain & More!

RED HOOK—We already know that bar/restaurant Pioneer BBQ has changed hands—indeed, the place's new owners have already assured locals that they weren't going to change a thing about the establishment. All's well, right? Perhaps not. Let's turn to a note sent in recently by a reader: "I'm a Redhook resident and used to spend my lazy Sunday afternoons drinking PBR's and eating Pulled Pork sandwichs at the Pioneer. I recently started working at an Italian restaurant in Williamsburg and overheard the 3 owners talking about how they had bought the Pioneer Bar in Redhook and intended to open a French Bistro, like the fabulous 360, in the space by the middle of winter. I know a lot of locals that will be very sad about this news and I'm proud to say that I have since quit and am again gainfully unemployed and unhappily drowning my sorrows at bait and tackle!" This one's developing hard... [EaterWire Inbox]

PARK AVE SOUTH—Stephen Hanson may be holding on to the space that had housed his Eric Ripert's ill-fated Spanish restaurant Barca 18. An informant writes: "Don't know if you've already gotten word of this, but Steve Hanson is ready to go the barbeque route in the old Barca space. I don't know when, but they're definitely looking at hopping on the BBQ bandwagon. This was heard from some higher-ups recently, so I'm guessing an official announcement should be expected soon, maybe after Primehouse opens, which you previously listed as being affiliated with David Burke, though he has nothing to do with the NY location." [EaterWire Inbox]

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS/GREENWICH VILLAGE—Two chef changes, courtesy of Flo Fab: Scott Campbell of @SQC is now working at the New Leaf Cafe in Fort Tryon Park and Christos Christou (Milos, Avra) is now putting in time at Gus’s Place in Greenwich Village. You may now return to your regularly scheduled programing. [NY Times]

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